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Become a registered patent agent

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

To become a registered patent agent, you must pass the qualifying examination. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) holds the examination at least once a year.

If you are interested in taking it, you must apply by the deadline published on our website.


If you want to take the examination, you must show CIPO how you meet the qualifications set out in subsection 19(a) of the Patent Rules.

You can apply by fax, mail or electronically by creating a Patent General Correspondence. We will not accept your application if you send it by email.


Send your request to sit for the examination, proof of how you meet the qualifications, any requests for special accommodation, the prescribed examination fee and the CIPO Fee Payment Form by fax to 819-953-CIPO (2476) or

by mail addressed to:

Commissioner of Patents
Place du Portage l
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9


Submit your application and pay electronically by creating a Patent General Correspondence by following these steps:

  1. Create an account or connect to an existing account
  2. Create a General Correspondence – Patent
  3. Information – Step 1
    • In the field Title of Invention, write: Patent agent qualifying examination
    • Fill the mandatory fields
  4. Attachments – Step 2
    • In the Comments box, write: Patent agent qualifying examination
    • Attach: the registration form, the proof of how you meet the qualification and any requests for special accommodations.
  5. Comments – Step 3
    • Write: Patent agent qualifying examination
  6. Fees – Step 4
    • Add the prescribed examination fee: Part 2 – Patent Agents – Patent agent qualifying examination
  7. Pay electronically
  8. You will receive a payment confirmation and an electronic transaction confirmation.

Deadlines and important dates

Please note the following dates may be subject to change. The examining board is carefully monitoring COVID-19 for any new developments relating to its impacts.

Deadlines and important dates
Date Event

Deadline to apply for 2020 patent agent qualifying examination

Deadline to submit special accommodation request

Admission letters are communicated to candidates by e-mail with the Acknowledgement

Deadline to return the signed Acknowledgement

Test e-mail is sent to candidates

November 3 to 6, 2020

2020 patent agent qualifying examination

Results are communicated to candidates

Deadline to request examination materials for consultation and review

Examination materials are communicated to candidates

Deadline to request examination review to the examination board

Review result are communicated to candidates


Pursuant to paragraph 139(1)(a) of the Patent Rules, the Commissioner must refund a fee paid by a person in respect of a paper of a qualifying examination, if the Commissioner notifies the person that they passed an equivalent paper of a previous qualifying examination and the person notifies the Commissioner in writing not later than the thirtieth day after receipt of the notification from the Commissioner that they no longer intend to sit for the paper.


Reports on previous patent agent qualifying examinations


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

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