Certified Patent Practitioner
National Credential for the Patent Industry
The Certified Patent Practitioner (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.
Professional Credential and Standards For The Patent Industry
All patent lawyers, patent agents, technical specialists, patent engineers, and other patent industry professionals are welcome to apply.
Interested in the CPP Credential?
CERTIFIED PATENT PRACTITIONER (CPP) QUALIFICATIONS
The following minimum qualifications are required for consideration to waive in as a Certified Patent Practitioner. Otherwise, aspiring CPPs must take the CPP Qualifying Exam.
Answers to the most common CPP questions
The first exam is slated to being in the May 2024. Candidates must register here.
The Patent Institute of Training will host an 8-day CPP exam preparatory course. However, it should be noted that this does not have to be a candidate’s primary test preparation to complete the CPP exam. Some candidates receive on-the-job experience and will be able to pass the exam based on that experience. Other candidates should seek a formal patent training program to understand the intricacies of patent drafting.
For more information, please consult the CPP Handbook and Study Guide.
CPP Exam is a fully virtual exam and can be taken from your computer.
- Be a member in good standing of the Patent Bar of the United States and have received no disciplinary actions.
- Have practiced continuously for 5 years within the previous 10 year period, or as in-house counsel with the primary role of overseeing patent prosecution, development, licensing, sales and/or acquisitions.
- Have drafted 50+ patent applications.
- Have drafted 50+ office action responses.
- Submit a reference or receive a referral from another CPP that attests to the same.
- Sign affidavit/declaration
For waive-in consideration, please register here.
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