Last updated: 
15 August 2017

Effective patent examination training takes time and investment. Acknowledging this, we have developed a distance learning program for patent examination training in overseas Intellectual Property (IP) offices. This program won a silver award overall and an innovation award at the annual Institute of Public Administration Australia Prime Minister’s awards for Public Sector Excellence in 2015.

What is the RPET program?

Regional patent examination training (RPET) is a modern, comprehensive and intensive competency based blended online training program. It is based on our existing training framework, with a focus on search and examination under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

The program uses virtual lectures, one-on-one mentoring and online communities of practice facilitated by our experienced examiners.

RPET Awards

The program won a Gold Award in the Brandon Hall Group's Excellence Awards in 2016 for best advance in custom content as well as a Silver Award for best use of blended learning.


RPET won the Innovation Award at the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management in 2015 as well as a Silver Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management.  The judges noted that


'What makes RPET innovative is that it is the first blended learning program that delivers holistic comprehensive training and mentoring to multiple IP offices with a program that is self-paced, online and supported with virtual classes and worked examples and individual one-on-one mentoring.'

What does RPET aim to achieve?

RPET aims to build the patent examination capabilities of participating offices by:

  • improving the competency of examiners to conduct search and examination to international standards (PCT standards)
  • embedding learning into the workplace and
  • providing the ability to align domestic practices with international standards.

Helping to enhance the consistency and quality of patent examination in other offices will over time contribute to greater confidence in IP rights that are granted. This can lead to increased business confidence and in turn facilitate trade and technology transfer in our region.

Who is involved?

IP Australia's RPET program is a significant activity of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area Economic Cooperation Work Program (AANZFTA ECWP), which is funded by the Australian Government.  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is also providing support for African participation in RPET.

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