(1) The Board may exempt an applicant from having to satisfy all or some of the requirements mentioned in Schedule 5 to the Patents Regulations 1991 .
(2) The Board must not give an exemption to an applicant unless:
(a) the applicant makes an application in the form approved by the Board; and
(b) the applicant gives the Board enough information for the Board to be satisfied under paragraph (c); and
(c) the Board is satisfied that:
(i) the applicant has passed a course of study at a satisfactory level; and
(ii) the course of study has outcomes that are the same as, or similar to, those of a knowledge requirement for which the exemption is sought.
(3) The Board may give an exemption under subregulation (1) if it is satisfied that the applicant has successfully completed a relevant course of study within the 5 years preceding the application or within a longer period specified in writing by the Board.
(4) An exemption under subregulation (1) is valid for 5 years from the date that the exemption was granted or for a longer period specified in writing by the Board.