Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course

Held on Aug 30 – Nov 15, 2019

The IPIC Trademark Exam Prep Course is an in-depth program intended to prepare candidates for the Canadian Trademark Agent Examination.

Curriculum

The curriculum will cover topics tested in the exam:

  • Pre-advertisement issues corresponding to PART A of the Exam including searching and availability, filing applications, responding to office actions, section 12(2) and 14 affidavits.
  • Post-advertisement issues corresponding to PART B of the Exam including opposition proceedings, section 45 proceedings, licensing, assignments, renewals, infringement and passing off.

Format

The course is conducted online over 10 weeks and includes:

  • comprehensive reading material
  • weekly practice assignments reviewed by instructors
  • simulated exam questions (Q&A)
  • discussion forum

A former Trademark Agent Examining Board member will offer guidance on preparing for and writing the Exam. 

Assignments

 

Assignment Due Dates

UNIT 1
Trademark Searching & Availability Opinions

September 6

UNIT 2
Preparing and Filing the Trademark Application

September 13

UNIT 3
Examiner's Report – Conformity (Section 30)

September 20

UNIT 4
Examiner's Report – Inherent Registrability (Section 12)

September 27 

UNIT 5
Examiner's Report – Entitlement (Section 16)

October 4

UNIT 6
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(a)) – Conformity

October 11

UNIT 7
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(b)) – Registrability

October 18

UNIT 8
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(a.1), (c), (d), (e) and (f)) – Bad Faith, Entitlement and Distinctiveness

October 25

UNIT 9
Registration, Renewals, Assignments, Licensing, Passing Off, Infringement, Combating Counterfeit Products Act

November 1

UNIT 10
Section 45 Proceedings and Expungement

November 8

Is this course right for you?

The course is aimed at candidates who possess an understanding of:

  • the basic principles of trademark law, including descriptiveness, distinctiveness, confusion, and entitlement;
  • the trademark process from filing to registration and beyond, including exposure to office actions involving technical and substantive objections, and to assignments and licensing;
  • opposition and summary non-use cancellation proceedings, including exposure to opposition pleadings and evidence.

Testimonial

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Continuing Professional Development

This program may be eligible for up to: 20 substantive hours for completing the assignments (2 hours per assignment)

  Hours
Law Society of Ontario9
Law Society of British Columbia20
Law Society of Saskatchewan**
Law Society of Manitoba20
Law Society of Alberta20

** An application for accreditation of the session will be submitted upon request by a participant

Tuition

Enrollment is limited; should it become necessary to restrict the number of participants, preference will be given to those planning to sit for the 2019 Trademark Agent Examination.

Registration Deadline: August 23, 2019

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