Chief Examiner Vacancy

Chief Examiner Vacancy

The Patent Examination Board (PEB) is a committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. The PEB provides examinations in the field of intellectual property (IP).

The PEB has a vacancy for:

Chief Examiner – Foundation Certificate and Final Diploma


PEB Examination Committee comprises:

  • Chief Examiners
  • Principal Examiners who produce the question papers and mark schemes and supervise Marking Examiners;
  • Marking Examiners.

The Chief Examiner is responsible for:

  • confirming that the final versions of question papers and mark schemes are fit for purpose;
  • supervising and appraising each Principal Examiner;
  • as required, chairing examiner meetings; and
  • raising any issues related to the conduct of an examination series with the PEB.

Most of the work is carried out in your own time. Attendance (normally via Zoom) is required at a number of meetings per year. The exact times of these meetings are arranged by doodle poll to suit attendees.

Skills and experience required for the role of Chief Examiner


  • Recent examining experience in a subject relevant to patent attorney qualifications
  • Understanding of current IP education and training
  • Experience of leading a team of professionals
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good written, presentation and oral skills.


  • UK-registered and experienced Patent Attorney

Remuneration (2021 rates)

Supervision fees - Final Diploma = £2066

                            - Foundation Certificate = £1033

                            - Principal Examiner supervision = £75 per examiner

Meeting attendance = £258 per day (pro rata where half day).

Term of appointment: Interim for the 2022 examination session in the first instance with the possibility of extension

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a short letter that explains how you meet the role requirements.

Please submit your application to by 5pm on Friday, 27 May 2022. Please also use this address if you would like to arrange an initial discussion about the role or to ask for further information.

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Patent Examination Board (PEB)
Contract Type
Salary and benefits
12th May 2022