Professional Standards for the Patent Industry

The National Council on Patent Practicum, Inc. (NCPP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, oversees the development and operation of the Certified Patent Practitioner (CPP) & program.

The CPP credential is a professional designation that distinguishes those who have demonstrated experience, proficiency, knowledge, and understanding of patent drafting and prosecution through involvement in the patent preparation and prosecution processes.

All patent lawyers, patent agents, technical specialists, patent engineers, and other patent industry professionals are welcome to apply.


CLE Credits: NCPP's Upcoming Patent-Specific CLE Courses

NCPP hosts several CLE courses per year to assist members in maintaining their CPP credential. Be sure to join our applicant list to receive advance notification of CLE course dates.
Patent Quality – What does it mean to different entities? (Corporations, USPTO, Private Practice)
Leveraging Big Data to Mitigate Alice Rejections
Developing a Patent Portfolio Consistent with Your Corporate Strategy
Recruiting & Hiring Knowledgeable Patent Practitioners
Patent Profession

NCPP CLE Credit: Addressing Diversity Concerns within the Patent Profession


Our Certified Patent Practitioner law firms have ascribed to a higher level of professionalism by taking an oath to facilitate the development and training of novice patent practitioners, increase the diversity of the profession, maintain patent-specific CLEs, and intimately align themselves with USPTO and corporate-based patent quality initiatives.


Our corporate and law firm sponsors recognize the value in certification, continuous patent education for practitioners at all levels, and the need to properly train novice practitioners on the intricacies of the profession.

NCPP Board Members

The following IP industry experts drive the vision, mission, and oversight of The National Council on Patent Practicum.
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