Changes to the PEB Foundation Certificate Syllabi and Examination Format

Published on: 20 February 2018 

The Patent Examination Board is pleased to announce changes to its five Foundation Certificate syllabi to ensure they meet the requirements of IPReg to cover the five core subjects for foundation level qualifying examinations as published in its Accreditation Handbook. These are:

  • Fundamentals of the English Legal System
  • Patent Law
  • Design and Copyright Law
  • Trade Mark Law
  • Professional ethics applicable to IP practitioners

There are no changes to the title of the PEB Foundation Certificate examinations nor their length (each is 3 hours). The syllabi and a detailed notice explaining the changes can be found here.

The PEB has also taken the opportunity to introduce a common format to the style of questions for each question paper of the five Foundation Certificate subjects. 

To assist with this change, the PEB have published sample assessment materials for all five examinations to illustrate to candidates how the format impacts each examination. These can be found here.

If you have any questions about the changes please email