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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 must 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 form by fax to 819-953-CIPO (2476) or addressed to:

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

Please note that you can send your application by either fax or mail. We will not accept your application if you send it by email.

Deadlines and important dates

Please note the following dates may be subject to change.

Deadlines and important dates
Date Event

Deadline to apply for 2020 patent agent qualifying examination

Deadline to submit special accommodation request

To be determined

Admission letters are communicated to candidates by mail

To be determined

2020 patent agent qualifying examination

To be determined

Result letters are communicated to candidates by mail

To be determined

Deadline to request examination materials for consultation and review

To be determined

Examination materials are communicated to candidates by e-mail

To be determined

Deadline to request examination review to the Examination Board

To be determined

Review result letters are communicated to candidates by mail


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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