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 examination must apply by the deadline published on the web site of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

    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. See the guideline.

    The application and prescribed examination fee along with the CIPO Fee Payment Form should be sent either 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.

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

    For more information on the Patent Agent Exam process, please consult the candidate guide to writing the Patent Agent Exam.

    Patent Agent Exam 1999 to 2007

    To receive paper copies of the 1999 to 2007 Patent Agent exams and marking guide, please contact CIPO's Client Service Centre by phone at: 1-866-997-1936, or by email at:

    Please note that on requesting a copy in paper form of a document, the fee is $1.00 plus GST for each page.

    Previous Exams

    Report on Previous Examination



    For more information, please refer to:

    Information on tutorials may be obtained from the:

    Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    60 Queen Street, Suite 606
    Ottawa ON K1P 5Y7
    Tel.: 613-234-0516