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  About Registry

Launched in August 2015, the Intellectual Property Technology Consultant (IPTC) Registry is a professional certification programme that recognises individuals who perform intellectual property (IP) technology advisory roles within in-firm organisations or as service providers.

This latest joint initiative by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and the Intellectual Property office of Singapore (IPOS) aims to grow and deepen the manpower capabilities in the IP technology advisory sector.

Administered by IES, the IPTC certification is applicable to individuals who are equipped with engineering, science and technology qualifications and undertake IP-related technology projects in their professional work.

Chairman

Dr Richard Kwok
Dr Eric Gan

 

Members

Ms Sharmaine Wu
Mr Ng Kim Tean

 

An IPTC is an IP professional who integrates deep knowledge and expertise of IP and engineering, science or technology. In an IP-driven economy, IPTCs are key enablers who are competent in translating research and technologies into valuable assets.

An IPTC performs the following roles:

  • Advises clients on IP creation, protection and exploitation of technology-based IP assets
  • Conducts review on existing technology-based IP portfolio and performs IP intelligence, including patent analytics, market research and competitive analysis on available or new technologies (local and overseas)
  • Provides inputs to facilitate the development and/or refinement of technology-based IP assets, strategies and policies (e.g. managing invention disclosures)
  • Provides inputs relating to IPM risk assessment
  • Identifies and assists clients on matters related to Research/IP collaborations, IP commercialisation or value creation opportunities (e.g. licensing, freedom to operate, M&A, etc.) in collaboration with IP Professionals (e.g. Patent Agent, IP Lawyer, IP Valuer, etc.)
  • Conducts training to raise awareness of IP within organisations.

Endorsed by the IES-IPOS IPTC Registry Steering Committee

Benefits of Becoming a Certified IPTC

Leverage the prestige and privileges of becoming an IPTC.

 

Achieve professional and industry recognition

Certified IPTCs are recognised by IPOS and other government agencies to provide quality IP technology advisory services. The title of IPTC is also a professional designation that you can list in your personal and business collaterals, demonstrating your recognised competencies.

 

Visibility to potential clients

Your profile will be listed on the IPTC Registry’s website, and companies who are seeking professionals in IP and engineering/science/technology domains will be able to refer to the list.

 

Career advancement opportunities in the IPTC profession

Using your professional designation, you will be able to drive your professional standing in the market. The certification is testament to your experience, competence and professionalism as you chart your career in the IP ecosystem.

 

Access relevant training and professional development programmes

Tap on subsidised training to broaden and deepen your IP knowledge and skills. Also, enjoy privileges in the pipeline, such as mentorship programmes to facilitate your IP up-skilling experience.

 

The IPTC Registry Administers four certification grade as follows

How is the IPTC application process like?

  1. Submit all the required documents and payment stated in the application form to IES.
  2. Upon receiving the submission, the IES Secretariat will process your application and check for completeness.
  3. You will be informed when the application is in order and will be processed.
  4. The IES Secretariat will contact you to arrange for an interview with the Review Panel made up of IES-IPOS IPTC Registry Steering Committee Members.
  5. The outcome will be made known to you by the IES Secretariat after the interview.

 

I currently do not have IES membership. Can I still apply for the IPTC certification?

The IPTC certification application is open to professionals with recognised degree in engineering, science or technology who meet the other minimum certification requirements, regardless of whether you have IES membership.

For non-IES members who have recognised engineering qualifications and meet the IES membership requirements, you may choose to apply for the applicable IES membership grade and IPTC certification grade concurrently.

For IES membership application and details, please refer to the IES website at www.ies.org.sg

 

There are multiple grades for IPTC and IES applications. I intend to apply for both concurrently. Does it mean that if I intend to apply for the IPTC Member Grade, my IES application will also be pegged at the IES Member Grade?

It is not necessarily so.

The IPTC certification and IES admission come with their own respective requirements for each grade. The IPTC and IES grades may not be parallel.

If you meet the application requirements for a certain IES membership grade, you may apply for the appropriate minimum IES entry grade that you are eligible for.

e.g. if you are a working professional with a recognised engineering degree, you may choose to apply for the IES Member Grade, and concurrently the IPTC Member or Senior Grades depending on your knowledge, skills and experience in IP as per the certification requirements.

e.g. if you have graduated recently, you may apply for the IES Member Grade and IPTC Associate Grade (assuming that you have not met the minimum IPTC certification requirements e.g. to possess at least 2 years of professional experience in IP).

 

What can be considered as professional experience as one of the certification criteria?

Professional experience refers to the relevant experience in Intellectual Property (IP).

e.g. an engineer with five years of working experience, who has worked on IP-related projects for the past two years, will suggest that he/she has two years of professional experience in IP.

 

What can be considered IP-related projects which form one of the certification criteria?

IP-related projects in engineering, science and technology refer to those that could demonstrate your relevant knowledge, skills and experience in relation to the IP competencies and roles as outlined in the IPTC job description.

You are to include in your application form the projects relating to IP (e.g. patent, registered design, trade secret, copyright and trade mark) which you have been involved in, preferably those that are recent and with more significant strategic impacts. The Review Panel will place higher emphasis on the significant impacts of recent IP-related projects.

In addition, the IP-related projects undertaken will be helpful for the Review Panel to assess your IP competency which is another criterion for the IPTC certification.

Applicants who are deemed by the Review Panel to have not met the IP competency criterion will be recommended to take up relevant IP training courses to enhance their required IP competency.

 

Some of the projects that I was involved in are to be kept confidential. How should I go about listing these details in the application form?

As IP is often used to enhance the competitiveness of an organisation, it is possible that the IP-related projects undertaken are generally restricted or confidential in nature.

It is therefore important that you first seek the necessary permission from the owner of the project, be it your employer or client, before providing the project details in your application. The purpose of listing the project details is to help the Review Panel ascertain your knowledge, skills and experience in IP through your project involvements.

The IES Secretariat and Review Panel will regard the information received in strict confidence.

 

The certification is subject to annual renewal. What are the renewal requirements that I must meet upon successful IPTC certification?

Upon successful IPTC certification, the certified IPTC must abide by the code of conduct set by the IPTC Registry. The certified IPTC is also required to fulfil the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements where the stipulated CPD points as well as an annual subscription fee will apply.

 

What are the CPD requirements for certified IPTCs?

It is the intention of the IPTC Registry to require all practicing IPTCs to keep abreast of the latest relevant developments in the legislation, regulations, standards and skills on IP.

The CPD requirements are fulfilled based on achieving a certain number of learning hours annually, which are currently being developed. More details will be made available to the certified IPTCs soon.

  About IES

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The Institution of Engineers, Singapore was formally established on July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering Institution in Singapore and is often called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.

IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organizes courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.

The Institution maintains close links with professional organizations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill and fellowship among all engineers in the region and internationally.

Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

To raise the technical competencies of engineers in Singapore and promote engineering to the community, IES has introduced the Chartered Engineer Programme, World Engineers Summit and National Engineers Day

IES will not rest on its laurels and will seek to bring the engineering profession greater recognition and raise the status of engineers both locally and internationally through closer collaboration with its stakeholders and contributions to society.

Why become a member of IES

 

Some of the services provided and activities are :

  • Update the members on new government regulations and allied institution activities.
  • Organise conferences, seminars and workshops for continuing education and professional upgrading of our members.
  • Organise sporting and social events for members such as Inter-Professional Games, Bridge Club, Toastmasters Club, Hydrogen Group, Investment Group, Health Group, etc.
  • Members night for socialising and free exchange of ideas.

 

The Institution is continually looking for new ways to serve the interests of members. The following list is just some of the many benefits that is offered :

  • Corporate membership signifies wide recognition of engineering experience and accomplishments in the profession.
  • Keep abreast of discoveries and new applications of engineering knowledge through our monthly complimentary The Singapore Engineer magazine.
  • Complimentary copy of annual IES Directory
  • Gratis subscription of IES weekly e-Newsletter
  • Your name will appear in the IES Engineering Directory
  • Interaction with overseas counterparts in joint programmes

 

You can enjoy the following group insurance schemes at special rates :

  • IES Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme

For more information on IES Membership Grade, please click here for more details