The initial invitation is restricted to patent information professionals who reside either in the United States of America or in Europe (i.e. any European country that is a member state or extension state of the European Patent Organisation)(*). There will be no further opportunities to apply for Prior Experience Recognition for people who reside in Europe or the USA. After the closing date, one can only become QPIP by successfully passing the examination.
(*)This regional limitation is applied because the ISBQPIP will have limited capacity to receive applications. It is planned that later a similar opportunity will be provided for other countries.
The window is now open and will only last until March 11, 2019 (11:59 pm Central European Time). This is the only time US and European patent searchers can be grandfathered into the certification!
Here are some requirements:
Minimum work experience requirements: At the time of applying for PER status, the applicant must have at least ten (10) years of work experience with at least 60% of that time spent on searching patent information or a combination of searching and mentoring or a combination of searching and outsourcing or a combination of searching and overseeing search work of others according to the definitions in RULE 4.2.
Minimum technical qualification requirement: At the time of applying for PER status, the candidate must have: (1) At least a scientific, engineering or technical Bachelor Degree of three (3) year or four (4) year program duration in a technical field as defined in any publicly available edition of the patent classification system that is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the DPMA (German Patent and Trade Mark Office), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office or any other national patent office; or (2) At least a technical qualification in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1) wherein the technical qualification was conferred by a university, technical university, technical high school, vocational college, higher technical college or institute, school of engineering, or any similar establishment and the qualification is deemed equivalent to a Bachelor Degree by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education; or (3) At least ten (10) years of experience working in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1).