Dear PIUG community,
Since 2008, several colleagues from the PDG, CEPIUG and the PIUG have generously volunteered their time and talent to establish a certification scheme for the international patent information community as a means of self-regulating the profession. One of the hallmarks of any accredited profession is a consistent method by which to assess core competencies and to uphold and maintain professional standards in order to serve in the best interest of its stakeholders. As patent information professionals, we owe a duty of care to our clients when searching, interpreting and reporting on patent and other technical information. Both the trust bestowed upon us and the highly specialised body of knowledge we use to serve our clients necessitate a formal process by which we become patent information professionals and maintain our standards of practice. It has taken seven years of dedicated effort on an entirely volunteer basis across multiple time zones to reach the current milestone I am announcing below of this important initiative. We sincerely thank all of the volunteers for their time and valuable contributions.
On behalf of my fellow coordinators of the Patent Information Professional certification initiative, it is my absolute pleasure to announce that the proposed Articles and Rules for the future international certification body is now available for public comment. As you will see, the professional title being proposed for the profession is Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) and the title of the certification body has been proposed as the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (ISBQPIP).
The Articles are intended to become the legal instrument by which the ISBQPIP will be established and the Rules will become the implementing procedures that will be used by the ISBQPIP to administer its duties. The Rules will also be accompanied by Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 which include an explanation of the knowledge and skills expected of a QPIP. A brief overview sheet explains the purposes served by the ISBQPIP and its structure.
The Articles, Rules and the Schedules are to be read together to facilitate review and hopefully answer any questions you may have. If you would like to provide a comment or you have a query about the documents, please post your message at the comment section of www.qpip.org (which can be found under the Articles, Rules and Schedules sub-heading within the navigation panel of the website). As we will be collecting and collating the responses and questions, we will not be in a position to respond until all of the comments and questions have been received. The Certification Initiative Coordinators team will then decide how best to respond, if necessary.
We invite commentary and questions on the proposed Articles, Rules and Schedules at any time during the consultation period which is now open and which will end on Tuesday, 21 July 2015.
With kind regards,
Ms Susanne Hantos
Certification Initiative Coordinator