Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)Mandatory
CIPA are the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the United Kingdom’s largest IP organisation. We represent the interests of the UK’s 2,400 practicing patent attorneys and others working in IP to stakeholders and policymakers at national and international levels to ensure that the UK remains a world-leading centre for innovation.
All qualifying CIPA Paralegals are advised to achieve a minimum of eight (8) hours CPD per calendar year.
There is no requirement for specific numbers of hours to be devoted to particular subjects. Instead, CIPA Paralegals should determine for themselves, bearing in mind their existing skills and the nature of their work
Evidence Reporting Monitoring
Fellows are required to make a return, at the end of the year, certifying that they have met the CPD requirements. A small random sample will be required to provide more detailed information to substantiate their declaration.
Non-compliance, which is not satisfactorily addressed through timely consultation with the Secretary and the CPD Sub-Committee, is likely to be referred to a Disciplinary Board in accordance with the Institute’s Regulatory and Disciplinary Procedures.