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Introduction of a Pre-requisite for Enrolling in the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examinations (QE) wef QE2022

The Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examinations (QE) began in 2002 and have since seen more than 1,200 enrolments. The increasing emphasis on innovation and the burgeoning intellectual property industry has fuelled the demand for IP professionals. Many are now part of a highly specialised pool of IP professionals advising innovation-driven companies and individual inventors in Singapore and overseas. The number of candidates for QE has also grown over the years.

To support the learning needs of patent agent trainees, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) launched the Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (GDIPIM) and the Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM) in 2017, with a specialised track designed for patent agency training. There are 5 modules in this track to help candidates prepare for QE. Patent agent trainees or prospective QE candidates also have the option to enrol only for the module relevant to the QE paper they intend to attempt.

With effect from enrolment for QE2022, IPOS will introduce a pre-requisite for QE enrolment to provide patent agent trainees with a more systematic pathway to qualification. Patent agent trainees/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. The papers and the corresponding modules are set out in the table below.

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 in Singapore

Paper D


To illustrate, a possible learning pathway may look like this –

QE-possible-pathway

As GDIPIM or MIPIM is already a pre-requisite for patent agent registration, this change is intended to equip patent agent trainees/prospective QE candidates with the knowledge to better prepare for the QE.

The pre-requisite is not applicable to candidates who have already passed Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (GCIP).

For information on GDIPIM and MIPIM course details, schedule, fees, and enrolment, please visit (SUSS).

For information on taking the modules individually as modular courses (including schedule and fees), please visit (SUSS-CET). 

For further queries, including on how the pre-requisite may affect your pathway towards registration as a patent agent, please contact the Examination Secretariat (IPOS_PAU@ipos.gov.sg).

FAQs

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


    The pre-requisite of passing corresponding modules prior to enrolling for the relevant QE papers will better prepare patent agent trainees/prospective QE candidates for the examinations. Results from QE2019 and QE2020 have shown that candidates who passed the corresponding modules before attempting the papers, on average, performed better than candidates who did not.

     

  2. 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).

     

  3. 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?


    The modules to prepare candidates for QE are as follows:

    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 in Singapore

    Paper D

     

     

  4. 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. This means that 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.

     

  5. 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 QE2022. Can I do so?


    You will be able to enrol for Paper D at QE2022 only if you have passed IPM523 at the time of enrolment for QE2022.

    Candidates are also advised to attempt QE only after having undergone a minimum of one-year internship in patent agency work. Together with the modules, these will provide candidates with more all-rounded knowledge 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.

     

  6. 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.

     

  7. What do I need to submit to enrol for QE2022?


    Candidates enrolling for QE2022 onwards will be required to enclose the following together with the enrolment form:

    1. Documents to show that they have passed GCIP, or the GDIPIM/MIPIM module(s) corresponding to the QE paper(s) they are enrolling in; or
    2. 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.

       


  8. Can SkillsFuture Study Awards be used to offset QE fees?

    The SkillsFuture Study Awards are meant to help defray expenses associated with courses supported by SkillsFuture Singapore. As QE is an examination for individuals intending to enter the patent agent profession, candidates for QE are not entitled to receive the SkillsFuture Study Awards. However, patent trainees undertaking GDIPIM or MIPIM can consider applying for the SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property (SFSA-IP), which may defray the costs of the courses upon successful application.


Enrolment for Patent Agents Qualifying Examination 2021 is now open


The Patent Agents Qualifying Examination 2021 (QE 2021) will be held from 6 to 9 December 2021.



The PAQE 2020 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

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

20.0%

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 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 to assist in the conduct of QE 2021:


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

• Dr Eveline ANGSTETRA
  Donaldson & Burkinshaw

• Mr Daniel Lee Tse En
   Drew & Napier LLC

• Mr Chang Jian Ming 
  Rodyk IP

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

• Mr Hubert Giam 
  Donaldson & Burkinshaw 
 
• Mr Edmund Kok
  Amica Law LLC 

• Dr Freeman YU 
   Synergy IP Pte Ltd

• Dr Khoo Kian Hoe
  
Davis Collison Cave Asia Pte Ltd

• Mr Kwan Chung Min 
  Drew & Napier LLC

• Mr Martin Kwan 
  Bird & Bird ATMD

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

• Mr Peter Lian
  Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP 

• Mr Daniel Lim
  Joyce A. Tan & Partners

• Mr Lim Teck Yeow
  Donaldson & Burkinshaw

• Ms Lo Wen Yu 
  Amica Law LLC 

• Mr Edward Ng
  Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP  

• Ms Oh Pin-Ping
  Bird & Bird ATMD

• Ms Cheryl Pang
  Procter & Gamble 

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

• Mr Teo Kwang Chin 
  Viering, Jentschura & Partner LLP 

• Ms Tan Hui Leng 
  Bird & Bird ATMD

• Mr Zhang Weilin
 
 China Sinda Intellectual Property Pte Ltd


Examination Secretariat

• Mr CHIG Kam Tack
  Head, Patent Agents Unit, 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)
1 Paya Lebar Link, #11-03
PLQ 1, Paya Lebar Quarter
Singapore 408533