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How to Pass FD2 Training Programme

The UK patent drafting exam (FD2) is one of the hardest exams in the whole of the patent profession. The average FD2 pass rate since 2016 has been just 39.76% – the lowest of all the Final Diploma (FD) papers over that period. Just to rephrase that, on average, over 60% of candidates who have taken FD2 since 2016 have failed it. This includes candidates who have self-studied, candidates who have been on revision courses, and candidates who have had in-house assistance.

The FD2 exam is only held once a year so, if you don’t pass, you have to wait a full year before you can try again. That’s why it’s so important to prepare properly for FD2. We’re not just talking about revision courses, which can be lacking in the past paper practice and individual feedback you need to give yourself the best chance of passing FD2. We’re talking about a training programme designed from the ground up and led by the patent attorney widely recognised as the leading tutor on FD2.

At the moment, most FD2 candidates learn on their own or go on a revision course. The How to Pass FD2 Training Programme is built differently. There is significantly more time available for learning, reviewing and practising past papers. The online groups are kept small enough to be able to give everyone the attention they need, but large enough for individuals to collaborate and learn from and with each other.

The Programme is designed and led by Iain Russell, an experienced patent attorney and the author of the CIPA Study Guide to FD2.

  • Fully online.
  • Lunchtime sessions designed to minimise disruption on the working day.
  • No previous FD2 exam experience is required – candidates are only required to have read the CIPA Study Guide to FD2 before they start on the programme.
  • Extended time allocated for candidates to process and retain one topic before moving on to the next.
  • Sufficient time for candidates to attempt up to 12 past papers in full and have individual feedback on their answers.
  • Collaborative and supportive learning environment, with participants, encouraged to discuss topics and learn together.

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