Become a registered patent agent

To become a registered patent agent, you must pass a qualifying exam, which is held at least once a year.

Those interested in the exam must apply by the deadline published on our web site.


Any person wishing to sit for the examination must furnish evidence on how the qualifications set out in paragraph 12(a) of the Patent Rules are met.

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.


Reports on previous exams


For inquiries relating to the administration of the patent agent and trademark agent examinations, please email

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