NCPP Announces the Nation’s First-Ever Professional Credential for Patent Practitioners

Certified Patent Practitioner

The Certified Patent Practitioner (CPP) Credential Distinguishes Excellence in Patent Preparation and Prosecution


ATLANTA – Jan. 23, 2019 – The National Council on Patent Practicum (NCPP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, announces the availability of the Certified Patent Practitioner (CPP) professional credential. This 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, according to the guidelines of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


For far too long the patent industry has been plagued by the lack of proper education for novice practitioners, which systematically creates a barrier to entry in the profession,” says Braxton K. Davis, JD, NCPP’s executive director. “Through our advocacy and training, we hope to build a pipeline of patent practitioners who understand the importance of excellence and proficiency of intellectual property protection through patent preparation and prosecution.”


Select patent practitioners with the following qualifications may apply for a CPP “waive-in” registration and become a part of the inaugural class of CPPs:

  • Member in good standing of the Patent Bar of the United States and have received no disciplinary action.
  • Practiced patent prosecution 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.
  • Drafted 50+ patent applications and 50+ office action responses.


General CPP applicants will prepare for the 8-hour CPP examination designed to measure the skill and knowledge of an individual with less than 5 years of patent preparation and prosecution experience, and currently employed or seeking employment in the preparation and prosecution fields. Interested aspirants may register here for more information.



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. Its mission is to assist and serve the public by establishing certification standards for patent professionals.

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