Patent Agent Qualifying Examination

Enrolment for the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination 2018 (QE2018) will commence on 

3rd July 2018 and closing deadline of the submission is 31st August 2018, 4pm

Please refer to the "Examiner's Tips, FAQs and Past Years' Papers" to view the QE 2017 Question Papers, Answer guidelines and Examiners' comments.  
 

Enrolment

To enrol for the QE2018, please download the Enrolment Form here. 

For more information, do refer to the Administrative Instructions for Candidates 2018

Effective 1 April 2017, IPOS is GST-registered in accordance with Singapore's Goods & Services Tax. All invoices issued on or after 1 April 2017 will be subjected to GST, where applicable. Please note that the fees for QE 2018 are: 

  • Registration fee (non-refundable) - $32.10, inclusive of GST
  • Examination fee (non-refundable) - $428 per paper, inclusive of GST 

Enrolment to be made payable to:

The Examination Secretariat
Ms Mesy Lim / Ms Nur' Abidah

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
51 Bras Basah Road,
#01-01, Manulife Centre
Singapore 189554


The dates for the QE 2018 are as follows:

Paper Date
Paper A - Preparation of a Patent Specification 22 October 2018
Paper B - Amendment of a Patent Specification 23 October 2018
Paper C - Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 24 October 2018
Paper D - Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 25 October 2018

For enquiries, please contact the examination secretariat at ipos_pau@ipos.gov.sg.

Examiner's Tips, FAQs and Past Years' Papers

The Patent Agents Qualifying Examinations consist of four papers: 

Paper A: Preparation of a Patent Specification
Paper B: Amendment of a Patent Specification
Paper C: Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent
Paper D: Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore. 

General Tips for Candidates: 

Candidates are encouraged to sit only for the paper they are best prepared for. Statistics shows that candidates who take 1 - 2 papers at one sitting of the QE tend to have a higher passing rate. 

Do refer here for more Examiner's Tips and FAQs.

Download Past Year's Papers

 Qualifying Examination 2017
 Qualifying Examination 2016
 Qualifying Examination 2015
 Qualifying Examination 2014
 Qualifying Examination 2013
 Qualifying Examination 2012
 Qualifying Examination 2011
 Qualifying Examination 2010
 Qualifying Examination 2009
 Qualifying Examination 2008
 Qualifying Examination 2007
 Qualifying Examination 2006
 Qualifying Examination 2005
 Qualifying Examination 2004
 Qualifying Examination 2003
 Qualifying Examination Nov 2002
Qualifying Examination Mar 2002

Statistics on Patent Agent Qualifying Examination Results

Statistics on Candidates who enrolled for QE for the first time (without exemptions) 


Overall Yearly Statistics for Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination

2017

Paper Subject Passing Rate Total Number Of Candidates Who Attempted
Paper A Preparation of a Patent Specification 14.7% 34
Paper B Amendment of a Patent Specification 12.5% 40
Paper C Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 21.9% 32
Paper D Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 23.3% 43

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here


2016

Paper Subject Passing Rate Total Number Of Candidates Who Attempted
Paper A Preparation of a Patent Specification 41.2% 17
Paper B Amendment of a Patent Specification 21.4% 28
Paper C Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 26.3% 19
Paper D Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 28.9% 45

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here

 

2015

Paper Subject Passing Rate Total Number Of Candidates Who Attempted
Paper A Preparation of a Patent Specification 38.5% 13
Paper B Amendment of a Patent Specification 26.7% 15
Paper C Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 11.1% 18
Paper D Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 36.4% 44

2014

Paper Subject Passing Rate Total Number Of Candidates Who Attempted
Paper A Preparation of a Patent Specification

19.2%

26

Paper B Amendment of a Patent Specification

29.2%

24
Paper C Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 5.6% 18
Paper D Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 28% 25

 

2013

Paper Subject Passing Rate Total Number Of Candidates Who Attempted
Paper A Preparation of a Patent Specification Drafting

29.4%

17

Paper B Amendment of a Patent Specification

50.0%

16
Paper C Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent 38.5% 26
Paper D Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore 32.4% 37


 


Patent Agent Qualifying Examination Bodies

The Registrar has established the following bodies in order to assist him in the conduct of the Patent Agents Qualifying Examination (2018):

The Examination Board

• Mr Daren TANG
  
Registrar of Trade Marks, Designs & Patents
  Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

• Ms Winnie THAM
  President, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (SG Group)

• Mr Jonathan FOONG
  Chairperson of the IP Committee, Law Society of Singapore

• Mr TAN Wen-Min Desmond
  President, Association of Singapore Patent Agents


The Examination Committee

• Mr CHAI Ming Jie 
  Lenovo Singapore

• Ms CHAN Wai Yeng 
  Taylor Vinters Via LLC

• Mr CHANG Jian Ming 
  Rodyk IP

• Ms Cheryl PANG
  Procter & Gamble 

• Ms CHOO Chiou Yu
  Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte Ltd
  
• Mr Daniel LIM
  Joyce A. Tan & Partners

• Mr Edmund KOK
  Amica Law LLC 

• Dr Freeman YU 
   Synergy IP Pte Ltd

• Mr Gerald KOH
  Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP

• Mr Howard YAP 
  Pizzeys Pte Ltd 

• Mr Hubert GIAM 
  Donaldson & Burkinshaw 

• Mr Jupiter KONG 
  ASM Technology 

• Mr KWAN Chung Min 
  Yusarn Audrey

• Mr Martin KWAN 
  Bird & Bird ATMD

• Mr Peter LIAN 
  Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP 

• Mr LIM Teck Yeow
  Donaldson & Burkinshaw 

• Ms LO Wen Yu 
  Amica Law LLC 

• Ms LOW Pei Lin 
  Allen & Gledhill LLP 

• Dr Michael KOCH 
  Viering, Jentschura & Partner (Germany)

• Ms OH Pin-Ping
  Bird & Bird ATMD

• Dr SOO Ee Lin 
  Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte Ltd 

• Ms TAN Hui Leng 
  Bird & Bird ATMD

  

The Examination Secretariat

• Ms Sharmaine WU Shee Mei
  Director, IP Management and Markets, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

• Ms Mesy LIM
  Assistant Director, IP Management and Markets, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  
• Ms Nur' Abidah 
  Executive, IP Management and Markets, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore


The contact address of the Examination Board, Examination Committee and Examination Secretariat is as follows: 

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
51 Bras Basah Road 
#01-01 Manulife Centre 
Singapore 189554