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The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
Qualifying Examinations

Qualifying Examinations

 

Q1. When do the Patent Examination Board qualifying examinations take place?

A. The examinations are held once every year, generally at the beginning of October, and are timed to avoid major holidays or religious days. The examination timetable can be found here.

Q2. What qualifications do I need before I can take the PEB Foundation Certificate examinations?

A. You need a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree. You can find the PEB Eligibility Policy here.    

Q3. My STEM degree was awarded by a University outside the UK. Does it count?

A. You must obtain a certificate from UK NARIC that certifies that it is equivalent to a UK degree.   

Q4. Can I take the Foundation Certificate examinations in any order?

A. Yes, you can. You must pass FC1 (formerly called P1) before taking any Final Diploma examinations.  

Q5. How much does it cost to take a Foundation Certificate examination?

A. In 2015 it costs £180 per examination.    

Q6. Does the PEB grant exemptions from any of the Foundation Certificate examinations?

A. If you hold one of the law qualifications listed in Schedule 3 of the IPReg Rules for the Examination and Admission of Individuals to the registers of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys 2011 you may apply to be exempted from some of the foundation examinations. The link to this document is here.    

Q7. How do I know which examinations I may be exempted from?

A. This depends on the modules you studied and passed on your law qualification, and how they match with the foundation examination syllabi. Please email the PEB with details.    

Q8. My law qualification was awarded by an institution outside the UK. What should I do?

A. Please email the PEB to discuss your qualification.   

Q9. If I have passed a qualifying course offered by another academic provider, do I need to apply for exemption from the Foundation Certificate examinations in order to sit the Final Diploma examinations?

A. No. When applying to sit the Final Diploma examinations you have the opportunity to tell us that you have passed the Foundation Certificate level examinations set by any other examination agency approved by IPReg listed in Schedule 3 of the Rules for Examination and Admission of Individuals and you must provide a copy of the transcript and the certificate.    

Q10. Can I take the Final Diploma examinations in any order?

A. Yes, you can take the Final Diploma examinations in any order.

Q11. Must I be employed as a trainee patent attorney in order to sit the examinations?

A. No, it is not necessary to be in employment. Guidance on what knowledge and experience you should have gained before sitting the final examinations can be found in the Examination Support area of the PEB website.   

Q12. Can I apply to sit foundation and final examinations in the same session?

A. Yes you can but remember in order to be eligible to undertake any of the PEB Final Diploma Examinations you must have passed either:        

Q13. How much does it cost to take a Final Diploma examination?

A. In 2015 it costs £260 (£360 if you wish to sit the examination in Singapore) per examination.

Q14. Does the PEB grant exemptions from any of the Final Diploma examinations?

A. No, the PEB does not grant exemptions from the Final Diploma examinations.

Q15. How do I enter for the PEB Qualifying Examinations?

A.  You need to complete the following examination registration form. 

Q16. Where are the PEB Qualifying Examination venues?

A. PEB Qualifying examinations are held in the following places:

a. London
b. Bristol
c. Leeds
d. Glasgow
e. Singapore
f. Ireland

You can select a preferred venue when you complete the examination registration form.

Q17. How will I know if you have received my application form?

A. The PEB will send you an email acknowledging receipt once both the completed examination registration form and payment have been received.

Q18. I would like to apply for reasonable adjustments in order for me to access the examination. What should I do?

A. Here is the PEB Policy on reasonable adjustments. The application form has a section where you can make a request for reasonable adjustments.

Q19. What should I do if something goes wrong on the day of the examination?

A. If you had a problem on the day of the examination, or shortly before, and you think this might have affected your performance in the examination, you should notify the PEB within two weeks of the examination, setting out the details. You will find information about this in the Special Considerations Policy.

Q20. How and when will I receive my results?

A. You will receive your results via email and then they will be published on the PEB website. At present, we aim to issue the results five months after the examinations. You will find the date of publication here.

Q21. What should I do if I am not happy with the result of my examination?

A. In the first instance we advise you to consider your answer script with your training supervisor alongside the mark scheme, the examiner's report and the good pass scripts. If you remain concerned, the PEB Enquiries about Results Policy sets out what steps you can take.

Q22. I have a question that has not been answered here, what should I do?

A. Please email the PEB with your enquiry, and we will respond.