How to become a registered patent agent
To become a registered patent agent you must qualify by examination, which is held at least once a year. Those interested in the exam must apply by the deadline published on our web site.
The request to sit for the exam, evidence, any requests for special accommodation, prescribed examination fee along with the CIPO Fee Payment Form should be sent by fax to 819-953-CIPO (2476) or addressed to the:
Commissioner of Patents
Place du Portage l
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9
Please note that we accept applications sent by either fax or mail. We will not accept applications received by email.
Please note CIPO's refund policy for the patent agents qualifying examination, pursuant to subsection 4(11) of the Patent Rules. A candidate for the examination will only be given a refund for a given paper if the candidate has, subsequent to the time the examination was applied for, received notification that the candidate has passed an equivalent paper of a previous examination and requests the refund within 30 days of receipt of that notification.
- Candidate guide to writing the exams
- Patent Rules and Patent Act
- Manual of Patent Office Practice
- Professional development with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
- Archived versions of previous patent agent exams
Reports on previous exams
For inquiries relating to the administration of the patent agent and trademark agent examinations, please email CIPOAgentExams@ic.gc.ca.
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