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Licence Classes

Licence Class

Agents can have different classes of licence with CPATA, which gives them permission to do different things according to CPATA’s By-laws.   

  • Class 1 active: an agent with a full licence who can present and prosecute before CIPO  
  • Class 2 restricted: an agent who is not currently practising (for example, someone who is retired, on sabbatical or on parental leave) or who does not present and prosecute before CIPO (for example, an in-house agent who works for a company) 
  • Class 3 agent-in-training: an agent who is currently in training under the supervision of an approved class 1 agent or a representative of CIPO.  

*COMING SOON* Class 4 Inactive Licence

CPATA is undertaking by-law revisions to introduce a new class of licence based on an evolving understanding of the activities of current Class 2 licensees.  

 

The table below summarizes the major differences that will exist between Class 2 and Class 4 licences.   

Class 2 

Class 4 

Restricted licence 

Inactive licence 

Can practise IP but cannot present and prosecute before CIPO 

Cannot practice IP 

Must have adequate professional liability insurance 

Exempt from professional liability insurance 

Must undertake continuing professional development (when CPATA establishes requirements) 

Exempt from continuing professional development requirements  

Fees to be determined 

$100 /licence/year fees to maintain registration 

The new bylaws are expected to come into effect in Spring of 2023.  

Licence Status 

An agent’s licence status refers to the current state of their licence.  

 

  • Active: The agent is permitted to practise according to the class of licence they hold.   
  • Suspended: The agent is not permitted to practise. There are many reasons why a licence might be suspended. The most common reason is for non-payment of fees, but licences can be suspended for conduct issues related to competence or unacceptable behaviour that harms the public. You can check why an agent’s licence is suspended by reviewing their profile on our Public Register. Suspended licences can be reinstated within a specified time period.   
  • Revoked: The agent’s licence has been taken away. There are many reasons why a licence might be revoked. The most common reason is that the licence has been in suspended status for at least 5 years, but licences can be revoked for conduct issues related to competence or unacceptable behaviour that harms the public. You can check why an agent’s licence is revoked by reviewing their profile on our Public Register.  
  • Surrendered: The agent has voluntarily advised CPATA that they no longer wish to practise the profession. Common reasons for this status include retirement, leaving the profession or leaving Canada.   

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