The Association of Intellectual Property Education (AIPE) merged with the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) on April 1st, 2016, and is named to the Foundation for Intellectual Property (FIP).
We have no change in our operation and continue the operation under the division name of AIPE.

The aim of the AIPE is to research and study on intellectual property, to spread knowledge and education within the intellectual property field through the skills test system, and simultaneously to promote the qualities and abilities of the human resources working in this field. and to interact with related organizations. It also makes a significant contribution to the development of the intellectual property system of Japan, and the goals of sound economic development in our country.
As specific achievements, we became the provider of the private examination "The Examination of Proficiency in Intellectual Property" (2004-March, 2008) which had had 40,000 examinees to date. The Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare appointed us as the test agency for the new national examination “Intellectual Property Management Skills Test” (IPMST) on February 29, 2008.

News Release

The Association of Intellectual Property Education (President: Yuji Tanahashi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo) has been nominated by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare as the test agency to develop examination content for the new national "Intellectual Property Management Skills Test" to commence from July 2008.

News Release(03/18/2008)


Information

The first IPMST was held July 6th, 2008. About 6000 applicants took the test nationwide.
The IPMST is held two or three times a year, the number of applicants is increasing steadily.
English version of 3rd grade test questions;


About the Foundation for Intellectual Property

Company Profile
Company Name Foundation for Intellectual Property
(Association of Intellectual Property Education)
Representative Director Yuji Tanahashi
Office 23-3, Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Date of Establishment April, 2016

About Intellectual Property Management Skills Test (IPMST)

"Intellectual Property Management Skills Test" is a national examination, which measures knowledge and practical skills about “creation”, “protection” and “utilization” of intellectual property.
The “Intellectual Property Management” type of job means conducting business in order to create, protect, and utilize intellectual properties such as inventions, utility models, product designs, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Concretely speaking, this type of job includes diverse type of IP-related jobs such as value evaluation or making patent map in the field of creation, planning strategies of patent application in the protection field, and plotting strategies license strategy or management of trade secrets in the utilization field.
Our test is designed for measuring these knowledge and practical skills. This test is classified into 3 grades: 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade and each grade is consisted of written test and practical test. “Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management” is given to a person who passes both tests. 1st grade are divided into three specialty areas, "Expert in patent", "Expert in media contents"and "Expert in brand". These tests measure knowledge and practical skills about patent-related practice, media-contents-related practice and brand-related practice respectively.


Specialty area of technical skills test Selected operation Classifiation by grade
Special grade 1st grade
Expert in Patent
Expert in Media Contents
Expert in Brand
2nd grade 3rd grade
Written test Practial test Written test Practial test Written test Practial test
IP management skills Management
Patent business
Contents business
Brand business

Images of Target Levels for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades (= Image of Specialists)

1st grade: Capable of leading discovery and solution of problems in the course of duties, and supervising subordinates. The supposed person is “assistant manager (chief).”
(Equivalent to Level 4 of IP skill assessment index “practice (2),” “IP Specialist Skill Standard”)
2nd grade: Capable of discovering problems in the course of duties and solving such problems under the direction of his/her supervisor and a part thereof independently. The supposed person is “person in charge.”
(Equivalent to Level 2 of IP skill assessment index “practice (2),” “IP Specialist Skill Standard”)
3rd grade: Capable of discovering problems in the course of duties and solving such problems under the direction of his/her supervisor. The supposed person is “person in charge (newcomer).”
(Equivalent to Level 1 of IP skill assessment index “practice (2),” “IP Specialist Skill Standard”)


●Test Contents


classification by grade
Special grade 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Written test Practical test Written test Practical test Written test Practical test
Operation Test time 100 min. Approx. 20 min. × once 60 min. 60 min. 45 min. 45 min.
Questions Test format Written test Oral test Written test Written test Written test Written test
Multiple choice from 4 options
Multiple choice from 4 options Multiple choice from 4 options Multiple choice from 3 options Multiple choice from 3 options
45 questions
40 questions 40 questions 30 questions 30 questions
Full marks 45 points 100 points 40 points 40 points 30 points 30 points


●Test Fees for IP Specialty Area (Unit:yen)

1st grade
Written test 8,900 Practical test 23,000
2nd grade
Written test 7,500 Practical test 7,500
3rd grade
Written test 5,500 Practical test 5,500


About “Technical Skills Tests”

Technical skills tests are a national certificate system to test and certify workers skills according to certain criteria. Technical skills tests are conducted pursuant to the Human Resources Development Promotion Law (administered by Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfares) for the purpose of enhancing evaluation on skills by society in general and improving workers skills and status.
The contents of the tests have been improved every year since their commencement in 1959 and they now cover 127 specialty areas.


The number of examinees

The IPMST was started in July 2008 and have held 24 times in all to date. Annual number of examinees has been steadly incleasing. Total number of examinees is approximately 262,000.

●Total number of examinees: approx. 262,000

Total number of examinees


About former “The Examination of Proficiency in Intellectual Property”

We had implemented private examination “The Examination of Proficiency in Intellectual Property” (2004-March, 2008).

Design Concept of Former “Intellectual Property Test”
  1. Capable of obtaining objective data by measuring IP-related skills quantitatively (progressively)
  2. Capable of measuring skills (business ability) required to work for corporations, organizations, or research institutes
  3. Promotes setting a personal learning goal, enhancing self-motivation, and encouraging voluntary learning of necessary skills
  4. Useful for corporations, organizations, research institutes, etc. to grasp the current situation and assess educational performance in planning human resources development

●Total number of examinees: approx. 40,000

Total number of examinees






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