Information on IPIC's Professional Development Activities
Webinars - All Topics
IPIC offers a variety of webinars on different topics (patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial design and more). The level of these webinars range from beginner to advanced. Topics include: recent court decisions, year in review, international law and more. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.
Basics of Law Webinar Series
IPIC offers webinars on basics of law. These webinars are intended for non-lawyer agents who need a basic understanding of law principles. A variety of modules have been developed and are repeated each year: (I) Evidence, (II) Contracts, (III) Company Law, (IV) Legal Writing & Research, (V) Ethics and (VI) Privilege, Principles & Practitioners.The modules are not offered in sequence.
Introductory Course in Patents
IPIC and McGill University offer an introductory course on the basics of patents. This five-day intensive, practical course divided into optional modules is offered in July of each year. The first module provides an overview of patents and patenting, while the second module completes the week and offers insights into the strategies relating to establishing and exploiting the patent system, as well as enforcing or attacking a patent.
This course is a must for engineers involved in patents and patenting, patent agents in training, new patent agents, lawyers (in-house or corporate counsel) and contract managers - anybody who encounters patents in their work and needs to have a better understanding of the nature and scope of the patent system, how patents are obtained, how to manage a patent portfolio,
Patent Agent Training Course (PATC)
The Patent Agent Training Course is for trainees who have worked for at least 1 year in the field of patents. The course is divided into two modules: Module 1 – Drafting & Prosecution, offered in the fall, addresses subject matter pertaining to Exam papers A and C and Module 2 – Infringement & Validity, offered in the winter, addresses subject matter pertaining to Exam papers B & D. Course instructors include past members of the Patent Agent Exam Board.
Patent Agent Tutorials
The Patent Agent Tutorials are for trainees registered to write the Patent Agent Exam. Offered in winter of each year, the tutorials consist of a series of practical exercises and a 2-day session. Exercises are reviewed by course tutors and discussed during the on-site sessions.
Introductory Course in Trademarks
IPIC and McGill University offer an intensive and practical course providing valuable information about acquiring, managing & protecting trademark assets, plus dealing with contentious proceedings. Lectures and workshops cover theoretical and practical aspects of trademark procurement, portfolio management, and contentious proceedings; together with comparative reviews of trademark law & practice in the U.S. and Europe – vital information for today’s world.
Advanced Course in Trademarks
IPIC and McGill University offer a three-day, intensive, practical and hands-on course. Managing Trademark Disputes offers you the opportunity to attend a mock cross-examination and a mock oral hearing with experienced practitioners, including a member of the Trademarks Opposition Board and a Federal Court judge. This course is a must for anyone working at the leading edge of the trademark field. Managing Trademark Disputes is designed specifically for trademark agents, in-house trademark managers, in-house counsel, lawyers and executives who specialize in the trademark area, whether in private or corporate practice, with some experience in the area of trademark law.
Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course
This Exam Prep Course is an in-depth program intended to prepare candidates for the Canadian Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination. It is offered every spring. The curriculum will cover issues tested in the exam, case law discussions will assist candidates in interpreting jurisprudence and pratical tips on preparing for and writing the exam will be provided. This course includes: 9 case study webinars, 1 exam writing tips webinar, 9 weeks of tutored assignments, and a portal with reading material, simulated exam questions, case law and a discussion forum. For more information, click here.
Trademark Agent Tutorials
The Trademark Agent Tutorials are for trainees registered to write the Trademark Agent Exam. The tutorials are offered in September of each year and consist of a series of practical exercises and a 1-day session in Ottawa. Exercises are reviewed by course tutors and discussed during the on-site session.
Copyright Master Class
IPIC and McGill University offer a three-day copyright class covering the foundations of copyright law as well as specialized aspects of copyright relating to music, entertainment, computer games, software and networks. The course addresses monetizing and protecting copyright resources through licensing agreements and touches upon litigation, damages and remedies.