Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.

Elevating the Licensing Profession Through Knowledge and Standards


 
Testimonials

I earned the CLP because it provides knowledge that I can use in my various professional responsibilities, including developing a patenting strategy, a copyright strategy and negotiating license agreements.  I would recommend earning the CLP distinction to anyone currently working in or aspiring to work in the licensing industry.

- Bruce Harrer, CLP
Commercialization Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

FAQ

Recertification

For Candidates FAQ

Questions And Answers

Recertification

When will my CLP credential expire?

The CLP certification is recognized for a period of three years.  The printed certificate you received after earning the CLP certification lists the date your credential will expire. If certification is not renewed, it expires the last day of the month, three (3) years after certification was initially earned.

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If I have lost my certificate, can I get another copy?

Yes. Please contact CLP at clpinfo@licensingcertification.org for more information.

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Why should I recertify?

Recertification demonstrates your personal commitment to ensuring high standards within the licensing profession. By recertifying your credential, you demonstrate that you have maintained the knowledge and the skills necessary to be a certified licensing professional.  Earning your certification was a significant career achievement, and maintaining it helps fulfill your personal and professional goals and may increase your career opportunities and job mobility.

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Do I have to pay an annual fee to maintain my CLP credential?

No. There is a non-refundable renewal fee of $400 that is due every three years at the time of recertification.

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How do I access the online application?

The online application is available http://www.castleworldwide.com/clp/. Select “Returning/Recertification Candidate” and enter your user name and password. If you do not remember your login information, click “forgot password” or email CLP at clpinfo@licensingcertification.org.

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What activities can be used to earn continuing education (CE) credit?

CE can be earned from a variety of professional development activities. These are activities in which you are likely already participating, including: 

Attendance at industry educational events (conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, etc.) 
Speaking at industry educational events (conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, etc.)
Teaching 
Writing articles, books, or book chapters
Full-time employment

A full list of activities and the number of credits earned for each activity is included in the CE Opportunities and Earning CE Credits sections of the CLP Web site.

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Does CLP keep track of my participation in events such as the AUTM, LES or BIO annual meetings?

No. The CLP Web site includes a list of events that may be used for CE however candidates are responsible for tracking and reporting the number of hours that they spend in activities that are educational in focus and will enhance their knowledge/skill.  The CLP Recertification Committee will review CE activities submitted by candidates as necessary to determine if they are acceptable.

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If a course or event is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, does the same value apply for CLP CE?

Not necessarily. CLP does not assign values to industry events. Each candidate is required to track and self-report the hours that they spend in educational activities related to the CLP exam content.

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Do networking events count toward CE?

No. CLP will consider events that are educational in focus such as concurrent sessions, workshops, etc. The Recertification Committee will not consider social or networking events.

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The online application includes a list of CE activities. Are these all of the possible events to earn CLP CE?

No. The Recertification Committee will consider events that are educational. The content must be relevant to the CLP examination content. You can review the CLP exam content online. If you have a course that you are not sure will be acceptable, you can send the course title, course description, agenda, and/or link to a description of the event to CLP at clpinfo@licensingcertification.org for review by the Recertification Committee.

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How do I add an event that is not in the drop-down menu?

Select “other” from the drop down menu and include the course title, description, sponsoring organization, link to the agenda/brochure, etc. It is better to include as much information as possible for the Recertification Committee’s review.

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How do I add full-time employment to my application?

Select “other” from the drop-down menu and enter “Full-time Employment” and the total number of hours.  One (1) CLP credit is awarded per two (2) months of full-time employment. In other words, one year (12 months) of full-time employment is equal to 6 CLP credits.

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If I presented a session or taught a course/workshop, how do I enter the CE credits for this activity in the online application?

Select “other” from the drop down menu and include the course title, description, sponsoring organization, link to the agenda/brochure, etc. It is better to include as much information as possible for the committee’s to review. One (1) clock hour (60 min) of participation as a presenter is equal to three (3) CLP CE credits.

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Will CLP accept a hard copy application?

No. CLP will only accept recertification applications via the online system.

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Can I submit my application before my certification expires?

You may submit your application up to one year prior to your expiration date.

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If I submit my application early, what will my new expiration date for my CLP credential be? When will I have to recertify again?

If you submit your application early (up to one year before your deadline) your credential will be valid for three years from your original recertification deadline.  You will not lose any time if you recertify early.

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Can I keep track of my CE activity with CLP?

Yes. You may log into the online application and enter your CE activity as it occurs. The system will save your submissions.

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What happens if my recertification is denied?

If your application is denied, CLP will provide you with information about the appeals process.

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If I submit my application early, can I count any CE activity between the date that I submit my application and my expiration date toward my next renewal cycle?

Yes.

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What happens if I do not recertify by my deadline?

After CLP, Inc. approves the renewal application the CLP will be sent a new certificate. The expiration date of the reinstated certification will be the same as if the certification had been renewed on time.

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What if I fail to recertify and my certificate has expired?

If certification is not renewed, it expires the last day of the month, three (3) years after certification was initially earned. An individual whose CLP credential has expired for 1 year or less may reinstate by meeting all of the renewal requirements, submitting a renewal application, paying the non-refundable renewal fee of $400 and an additional administrative fee of $100 (total of $500). An individual whose CLP credential has expired for more than 1 year must re‐apply for certification. To re‐apply the individual must meet all eligibility requirements in place at the time of re‐application, must pay the initial application fee, and must pass the CLP exam.

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Will CLP verify the information in my recertification application?

Approximately 4% of renewal applications will be audited each year to verify the information submitted. Individuals whose renewal applications are selected for audit will be required to submit evidence that all requirements have been sufficiently met.

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How do I update my contact information or profile in the CLP system?

Visit http://www.castleworldwide.com/clp/ and login into the system using your user name and password. You can select to update your information in the left-hand navigation pane. If you do not remember your login information, click “forgot password” or email CLP at clpinfo@licensingcertification.org.

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For Candidates FAQ

What is the CLP certification?

The Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) program is a professional designation intended to distinguish those who have demonstrated experience, proficiency, knowledge and exposure to licensing and commercialization of intellectual property through active involvement in patenting, marketing, valuation, IP law, negotiation, business development and intellectual asset management.

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What are the objectives of the CLP certification program?

The goal of the CLP program is to elevate the licensing profession by establishing a standard of knowledge that will differentiate professionals who have taken the steps necessary to become certified. The CLP program was designed to provide an inclusive environment for licensing professionals from varied backgrounds, therefore leveraging the multidisciplinary nature of the licensing field based on certain knowledge standards.

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Why was the CLP credential established?

The CLP program was created to publicly recognize the licensing professional's experience and qualifications as well as their education and professional development.  The CLP program focuses on the licensing professional’s individual development on internationally applicable standards, ethics, and excellence while also providing greater visibility to the licensing profession with added credibility and prestige. The program was started as an initiative of LES (USA and Canada) and is now managed by a separately incorporated entity, Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc. (CLP, Inc.). 

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Why should I earn the CLP credential?

The CLP credential helps you to demonstrate that you have achieved a high standard of professionalism and shows current and potential future employers and colleagues that you are experienced in the licensing and commercialization of intellectual property.  Certified Licensing Professionals may be viewed as credible, respected, and proficient.  CLP, Inc. invites you to join the growing worldwide community of approximately 800 Certified Licensing Professionals.

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Who is responsible for oversight of the CLP program?

Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc., an independent, non-profit corporation, has been created to oversee the CLP program.  The CLP, Inc. Board of Governors is made up of volunteers from within the licensing community representing AUTM, BIO and LES.  They maintain primary responsibility for oversight of the program.  Their goal is to ensure that the certification requirements remain appropriate and up-to-date and that the standards, ethics, and expectations of the CLP designation are preserved. CASTLE Worldwide, Inc., an independent, third-party, psychometric consulting firm, has been engaged for the development of the examination and testing criteria.

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Who is eligible to pursue the CLP credential?

The CLP credential is relevant for those candidates who are focused on the multi-disciplinary aspects of licensing and are in the professional development phase of their career. The certification is available to those who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university and have at least three years of professional experience in the licensing field. The CLP program is not limited to LES members, and it is available to eligible professionals worldwide. 

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How does one achieve the CLP designation?

Experience, education and knowledge are the backbone of the program. Applicants will rely upon work history and a blend of courses and materials available through various professional associations to prepare for the CLP exam. Applicants have access to a candidate handbook with sample questions, an online practice exam (with 50 questions) and a list of study references to help prepare for the exam.

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Once a CLP designee, always a CLP designee?

Yes, through regular recertification.  Recertification is required every three (3) years for all Certified Licensing Professionals. To recertify, CLP certificants are required to earn 40 “credits” by contributing to and/or attending industry-related meetings (including those offered by LES, AUTM, BIO and other organizations), by publishing licensing-related articles and by presenting sessions or workshops at IP-related meetings or conferences.  [Note: this is not an exhaustive list.  Visit the Recertification section of the web site for more information.]  Recertification is a valuable process that supports continuing education and ongoing professional development.  It demonstrates your contribution to the industry and your employer.   

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When can I apply for the CLP exam?

You may apply any time.  The online application is available at www.licensingcertification.org.  Applications must be submitted no later than seven days prior to the candidate’s desired test date.  The application fee of $995 includes two separate testing opportunities within a 13-month window. 

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When is the CLP exam offered?

The three-hour exam is offered during two, month-long windows annually.  It is offered throughout the months of April and October at more than 400 test sites worldwide.

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What do I need to know about the exam?

The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions covering eight content areas or “domains” of knowledge related to the licensing field.  A candidate handbook and study guide—prepared and distributed by Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.—is available online. An online practice exam is also available to CLP applicants.

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