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The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

PEB Lay Member Vacancy


The Patent Examination Board, established in 2013, organises and manages examinations leading to qualification as a Registered Patent Attorney. There are approximately 650 candidates taking 1500 examinations in October each year. These examinations are regulated by Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg). The IPReg website is here. In addition the PEB delivers the examinations for the non-regulated Introductory Certificate in Patent Administration for around 150 candidates in January each year. 

The Patent Examination Board (PEB) is an independent committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and comprises the operations function (employed staff), the five members of the Governance Board, and the Examination Committee, comprising examiners.  The Governance Board has overall responsibility for the Patent Examination Board.  It takes decisions relating to the planning, delivery and quality assurance of the examinations.  

The opportunity

This is a challenging time for the PEB as it develops an examination model for the Covid-19 situation and awaits the outcome of the Mercer Review into patent attorney training and qualifications. We are seeking to appoint one lay member with expertise in the areas of quality assurance in education, assessment and examinations to the Governance Board following the end of the current Chair’s term of office. 

The role is effective from March 2020. It is hoped the successful applicant can attend the December board meeting scheduled for 9 December 2020, by way of introduction and to assist with induction.

This is a part time appointment. Attendance will be required at a range of board and committee meetings to ensure the satisfactory running of the examination board, in line with the regulatory requirements. You may also be required to write or contribute to reports or projects. 

Meeting attendance will be by videoconference, and in person (usually in central London at CIPA’s offices) when the Covid-19 situation permits.

We anticipate that the total commitment will not normally be more than 15 days per year. Remuneration is currently £398 per day plus all reasonable expenses. This day rate is reviewed each year in December.

You will have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Strategic planning, preferably in an educational context
  • Chairing committees
  • Working within a regulatory framework
  • Higher education  
  • Professional/executive education and qualifications
  • Budget setting and management
  • Assessment principles and practice
  • Quality assurance of examinations
  • Question paper and mark scheme writing 

How to apply

Please apply by CV and covering letter by emailing Angelina Smith, Head of Qualifications at PEB You should also contact Angelina via this address if you have any questions about the role.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place via Zoom at the end of November.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020.