Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)Mandatory
All Fellows of CIPA who are currently practising are required to carry out a minimum of 16 hours of Continuing Professional Development each calendar year.
Patent Attorney Litigators are required to carry out a minimum of 6 hours CPD relevant to litigation, which can be included in the 16 hours total CPD.
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.