June 30, 2021:
The College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA) has set the following dates for the 2021 qualification exams.
The forms and process for exam registration is accessible on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees.
Details regarding payment of exam fees is provided on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees.
|AGENT QUALIFYING EXAMINATION DATES|
|Patent Agent||Exam Date||Registration Opens||Registration Closes|
|Paper A||Dec. 7, 2021||July 26, 2021||October 29, 2021|
|Paper B||Dec. 8, 2021|
|Paper C||Dec. 9, 2021|
|Paper D||Dec. 10, 2021|
|Trademark Agent||Exam Date||Registration Opens||Registration Closes|
|Part A||Nov. 10, 2021||June 28, 2021||October 1, 2021|
|Part B||Nov. 11, 2021|
Individuals who are writing the Qualifying Examinations or beginning their training must register with the CPATA as either a Patent or Trademark Agent in Training (a Class 3 Licensee). No fees will be charged in 2021 for this class. The forms and process for these applications may be found on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees.
June 29, 2021:
The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents has confirmed the dates for the 2021 agent qualifying exams. All inquiries regarding the 2021 qualifying examinations should be directed to the College's general registration inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination
- Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination – Part A: November 9, 2021
- Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination – Part B: November 10, 2021
2021 Patent Agent Qualifying Examination
- Patent Agent Qualifying Examination – Paper A: December 7, 2021
- Patent Agent Qualifying Examination – Paper B: December 8, 2021
- Patent Agent Qualifying Examination – Paper C: December 9, 2021
- Patent Agent Qualifying Examination – Paper D: December 10, 2021
June 28, 2021:
Starting today, the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA) is the regulator of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents in Canada. The CPATA is responsible for:
- Ensuring people entering the profession meet the College's standards for professional competence and ethics. To do that they:
- Set competency standards for those who want to be licensed as an agent
- Require trainee agents to work with an experienced agent for two years, and
- Pass an examination to ensure the applicant meets their entry level competence standards
- Issuing patent or trademark licenses and requiring that the license be renewed each year. License fees fund their operations.
- Setting ethical and practice standards for agents and enforcing them through a variety of techniques, including advisory and support services, and a complaints and discipline system if necessary.
- Once fully operational, the College will require licensees to have mandatory professional liability insurance, and will require them to take appropriate steps to demonstrate they remain competent.
- The College plans to work with the profession to encourage equity and diversity in the profession, to make the services of agents more widely available to support innovation in the Canadian economy, and to support innovation in the way patent and trademark agents do their work, and the way intellectual property rights are protected in Canada.
The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents website is now live. Click here to learn more about the College.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has prepared a Q&A regarding the College. Please visit their website to learn more.
June 23, 2021:
An important milestone has been reached in a decades long effort to establish a College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA) to regulate the agency profession in Canada. Today, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) published the final regulations to guide the work of the CPATA within Canada Gazette Part II. Additionally, an Order in Council has been passed concerning the College’s coming into force date. As of this Monday, June 28th, 2021, Patent Agents and Trademark Agents will have a regulatory body and self-governance framework within Canada. As of then, the College will assume full responsibility from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for all aspects of professional regulation of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents. The CPATA website is currently under development: https://cpata-cabamc.ca/. In the meantime, you can reach the College CEO by email at email@example.com.
You can read IPIC's full announcement regarding the College Regulations here.
Understanding that many IPIC members will likely have questions about the CPATA regulations, the Ministerial Code of Conduct Regulation, and the consequential amendments to the Patent Rules and the Trademarks Regulations, IPIC is offering a free webinar for all members on Tuesday July 13 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET. Click here for more information or to register.
In April 2018, the government announced the creation of a governance regime for patent and trademark agents (the College of Patent and Trademark Agents). Patent and trademark agents form a profession with a tradition of excellence. However, most of the hallmarks of a professional regulatory system were missing: there was no mandatory code of ethics, continuing education requirement, or discipline process.
There was a double anomaly by Canadian standards: a profession regulated by a government agency, and an incomplete regulatory framework. While the provinces have legislated the creation of more than 300 professional regulatory bodies, very few professions are created by federal statutes. Of these, only three are self-regulated: actuaries, Canada Lands Surveyors, and immigration consultants. The other professions are directly regulated by government, with some involvement by the profession: patent and trademark agents, and bankruptcy trustees.
This new framework will instill greater public confidence in the IP system, thus helping to foster a culture of innovation in Canada. As we all know, the work of patent and trademark agents is a key element in obtaining valuable IP rights, and therefore a key component in Canadian innovation. The new framework will also ensure that Canada has a robust, highly trained intellectual property community of professionals to support the Canadian economy and will hold its members to the highest development and ethical standards. This is a key step that will solidify the excellence of the IP profession in Canada and support a strong IP system.
Information on the College and IPIC's previous communications is available by clicking on the images below
On August 9, 2019, Minister Bains announced the College's first Board of Directors who will be in charge of establishing the College. For information on the transition period click on the image below.