For more than 10 years, the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) has in collaboration with the national user groups (e.g. PIF in Denmark) worked on a certification system for patent searchers.
The aim of the system is:
- to set professional standards
- to give a kind of quality assurance (although as with any examination there is no guarantee that all who pass have the desired quality level)
- to get recognition of the profession
Rules and regulations have now been finalized and the system is therefore ready to start. As a start, it has been possible to apply for a Prior Experience Recognition (PER) in a three month period if certain criteria were met. Thereby, four of our experts have already been certified as Qualified Patent Information Professionals (QPIP):
At Plougmann Vingtoft, we recognize the importance of searching for patent information. Most IP analyses start with searching for prior art to base the analysis on. No matter whether a patentability analysis, a freedom to operate analysis, an infringement analysis, or a landscape analysis is performed, it is important that the relevant documents for the analysis have been identified. Therefore, Plougmann Vingtoft maintains a high focus on training our patent attorneys in making high quality patent searches.