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Enrolment for Patent Agents Qualifying Examination (QE) 2022 is now open


Pre-requisite for QE enrolment
IPOS had earlier announced the introduction of a pre-requisite for enrolling in the Patent Agents Qualifying Examination with effect from QE 2022. With this pre-requisite, prospective QE candidates will be required to pass the corresponding modules in the Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (GDIPIM) or the Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM), conducted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), prior to enrolling in the QE.

QE 2022 dates
QE 2022 will take place from 9 to 12 January 2023. This change will allow candidates who are taking GDIPIM/MIPIM modules in 2022 to obtain the results of their GDIPIM/MIPIM examinations to complete their enrolment for QE 2022.

QE 2022 examination fee
Please note that the examination fee for QE 2022 will be $642 per paper (inclusive of GST).

Closing date for QE 2022 enrolment
Candidates should submit the Enrolment Form by 16 September 2022. More information on QE 2022 can be found Administrative Instructions.


Future QE fees
A new 2-tier examination fee structure will be introduced.

Number of QE attempts

Examination fee (inclusive of GST)

Tier 1

First to third attempt

$ 642 per paper

Tier 2

Fourth and subsequent attempt

$ 1,284 per paper

Only attempts starting from QE 2022 will be considered for the purposes of calculating the number of attempts. As such, Tier 2 fee will be payable earliest at QE 2025. Candidates are encouraged to ensure they are well prepared before attempting QE.



The PAQE 2021 Question Papers, Answer Guidelines and Comments by Examiners can now be viewed on this page.

Statistics on Patent Agent Qualifying Examination Results

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


Overall Yearly Statistics for Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination

2021

Paper

Subject

Passing
rate

Total number of candidates
who attempted

Paper A

Preparation of a Patent Specification

9.1%

33

Paper B

Amendment of a Patent Specification

31.1%

32

Paper C

Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent

14.3%

21

Paper D

Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore

6.7%

30

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here.


2020

Paper

Subject

Passing
rate

Total number of candidates
who attempted

Paper A

Preparation of a Patent Specification

20%

35

Paper B

Amendment of a Patent Specification

10%

30

Paper C

Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent

40%

30

Paper D

Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore

23.9%

46

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here.


2019

Paper

Subject

Passing
rate

Total number of candidates
who attempted

Paper A

Preparation of a Patent Specification

13.9%

36

Paper B

Amendment of a Patent Specification

20%

45

Paper C

Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent

14.3%

35

Paper D

Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore

12.0%

50

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here.

 
2018

Paper

Subject

Passing
rate

Total number of candidates
who attempted

Paper A

Preparation of a Patent Specification

28.6%

28

Paper B

Amendment of a Patent Specification

13.5%

37

Paper C

Infringement and Validity of Singapore Patent

28.6%

28

Paper D

Knowledge of Patent Law and Patent Practice in Singapore

4.2%

48

The index numbers of the successful candidates are announced here.

 
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

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 to assist in the conduct of QE 2022:

Examination Board

  • Mrs Rena Lee
    Chief Executive/Registrar, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

  • Mr Lam Chung Nian
    President, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Singapore Group)

  • Mr Jonathan Foong
    Chairperson of the IP Standing Committee, The Law Society of Singapore

  • Ms Low Pei Lin
    President, Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys (ASPA)


Examination Committee

  • Mr Chang Jian Ming
    Rodyk IP
  • Ms Cheryl Pang
    REC Solar Pte. Ltd.

  • Ms Choo Chiou Yu
    Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte. Ltd.

  • Mr Daniel Lee 
    Dyson Operations Pte. Ltd.

  • Mr Daniel Lim
    Joyce A/ Tan & Partners LLC

  • Mr Edmund Kok
    Amica Law LLC

  • Mr Edward Ng
    Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP

  • Dr Freeman Yu
    Synergy IP Pte. Ltd.

  • Mr Hubert Giam
    Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

  • Dr Khoo Kian Hoe
    Davies Collison Cave Asia Pte. Ltd.

  • Mr Kwan Chungmin
    Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP

  • Mr Lim Teck Yeow
    Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

  • Ms Lo Wen Yu
    Amica Law LLC

  • Mr Martin Kwan
    Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

  • Dr Michael Koch
    Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP

  • Mr David Ng 
    Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

  • Ms Oh Pin-Ping
    Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

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

  • Ms Tan Shin-Yuan
    China Sinda Intellectual Property Pte. Ltd.

  • Dr Tony Lan
    Yusarn Audrey

  • Mr Teo Kwang Chin
    Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP

  • Ms Tan Hui Leng
    Bird & Bird ATMD LLP


Examination Secretariat

  • Mr Chig Kam Tack
    Head, Patent Agents Unit, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

FAQs

GDIPIM/MIPIM pre-requisite

1. Why implement this pre-requisite for QE enrolment?

The pre-requisite of passing corresponding modules prior to enrolling for the relevant QE papers aims to have prospective QE candidates better prepared for the examinations.

2. What documents do I need to submit to enrol for QE 2022?

a) For candidates who have passed GCIP or the GDIPIM/MIPIM module(s) corresponding to the QE paper(s) they are enrolling in, documents to show that they have passed the relevant course/module(s), e.g., official transcript, notification of results from the school.

b) For candidates who are currently taking the GDIPIM/MIPIM module(s) corresponding to the QE paper(s) they are enrolling in, documents showing that they have passed the relevant module(s). These documents must be submitted to IPOS by 27 December 2022;

c) For candidates who intend to seek an exemption of the requirement set out in Rule 6 of the Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001 to pass GCIP, GDIPIM or MIPIM, documents to show that they passed a course or module they see as equivalent to GCIP, GDIPIM or MIPIM.

3.  I have already passed Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property (GCIP). Will the pre-requisite apply to me?

No. The pre-requisite is not applicable to candidates who have already passed Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (GCIP).

4.  What are the modules in the Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (GDIPIM) and the Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM) that will prepare candidates for QE?

GDIPIM/MIPIM Patent Agency modules

Prepares candidates for QE

IPM527 – Patent Claims

Paper A

IPM529 – Patent Applications

Paper A

IPM525 – Patent Office Action

Paper B

IPM531 – Patent Infringement and Validity

Paper C

IPM523 – Patent Practice Singapore

Paper D


5.  I have worked as a Patent Examiner in Singapore for at least 7 years and am pursuing registration as a patent agent under Rule 6(3) of the Patents Patent Agents) Rules 2001. Will the pre-requisite apply to me?

Under Rule 6(3), you are only required to pass QE Papers A and C. As such, the pre-requisite applies to you in relation to these two papers. In order to enrol for QE Papers A  and C, you will first have to pass the corresponding GDIPIM/MIPIM modules, namely IPM527 – Patent Claims and IPM529 –  Patent Applications, and IPM531 – Patent Infringement and Validity, respectively.


6.  I have already passed all the GDIPIM/MIPIM modules except for IPM523. I attempted Paper D at past QEs but have yet to pass the paper. I intend to take Paper D again at QE 2022. Can I do so?

You will be able to enrol for Paper D at QE 2022, only if you have passed IPM523 at the time of enrolment for QE 2022.      

Candidates are encouraged to attempt QE only after undergoing a minimum of one-year internship in patent agency work. Together with the modules, these will provide candidates with the knowledge and practical work experience to attempt QE. There is, however, no requirement that you need to attempt these papers, or any other combination of papers, in one QE sitting.


7.  I have already passed GCIP. Can I take specific modules to help me better prepare for QE?

Yes. Each of these 5 modules can be taken as Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses offered by SUSS.


8.  I am currently taking GDIPIM/MIPIM module IPM 525 and I intend to take QE Paper B at QE 2022. I will only know if I passed IPM 525 in early December 2022. Can I still enrol for Paper B?

You should first enrol and subsequently complete the enrolment process by submitting document(s) showing that you have passed IPM 525. The documents should be submitted by 27 December 2022. In the event you subsequently did not manage to pass IPM 525, you will be entitled to a refund of the examination fee for Paper B.


Fees

  1. Why is there a need for a 2-tier examination fee structure?

The 2-tier fee structure will encourage candidates to sit for the QE when they feel that they are sufficiently prepared for the QE.

  2. I attempted Paper D in 2019 and 2020, and Papers A and B in 2021. I intend to take Paper C at QE 2022. As QE 2022 is my fourth attempt, do I have to pay the Tier 2 fee for Paper C?

No, you do not have to pay the Tier-2 examination fee at QE 2022. The QE attempt count under the new 2-tier examination fee structure starts only from QE 2022, therefore QE 2022 will count as your first QE attempt. As such, the applicable examination fee is the Tier-1 fee of $642 (inclusive of GST).

 3. I am not sure how the new 2-tier examination fee structure works. Can you tell me more?

The new examination fee structure will start counting the number of QE attempts only from QE 2022 onwards. This means that any attempt at a QE prior to QE 2022 will not count as an attempt under this examination fee structure.

The table below will help illustrate this:

QE Year

Papers attempted

Examination Fee

(per paper)

Remarks

2018

Papers A and C

$428

-

2019

Paper A

$428

-

2020

Did not attempt QE

-

-

2021

Paper A

$428

-

2022

(to be held in Jan 2023)

Paper D

$642

Though this is the candidate’s fourth QE attempt, this is the candidate’s first attempt for fees’ purposes. Therefore, Tier-1 fee will apply.

2023

Paper D

$642

For fees’ purposes, this is the candidate’s second QE attempt. Therefore, Tier-1 fee will apply.

2024

Paper B

$642

For fees’ purposes, this is the candidate’s third QE attempt. Therefore, Tier-1 fee will apply.

2025

Paper B

$1,284

For fees’ purposes, this is the candidate’s fourth QE attempt. Therefore, Tier-2 fee will apply.





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

1. Ms Sharmaine Wu
    Director, Registries of Patents, Designs and Plant Varieties

2. Mr Chig Kam Tack
    DID: 65-6330 2753
    Email: chig_kam_tack@ipos.gov.sg

3. Ms Huang Qinyi
    DID: 65-6330 2770
    Email: huang_qinyi@ipos.gov.sg

4. Ms Harlinda Mohamed Hashim
    DID: 65-6330 8646
    Email: harlinda_mohamed_hashim@ipos.gov.sg


Patent Agent Unit’s email contact: ipos_pau@ipos.gov.sg

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
1 Paya Lebar Link, #11-03
PLQ 1, Paya Lebar Quarter
Singapore 408533