Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course - Fall 2021

August 13 – October 29, 2021

The IPIC Trademark Exam Prep Course is an in-depth program intended to prepare candidates for the Canadian Trademark Agent Qualifying 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)
  • two webinars focused on case law
  • discussion forum

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

Free subscription to IP Source® (Westlaw)

Assignments

 

Assignment Due Dates

UNIT 1
Trademark Searching & Availability Opinions

August 20

UNIT 2
Preparing and Filing the Trademark Application

August 27

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

September 3

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

September 10

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

September 17

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

September 24

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

October 1

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

October 8

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

October 15

UNIT 10
Section 45 Proceedings and Expungement

October 22

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.

Testimonials

TM Exam Prep Testimonials (E)

Continuing Professional Development

This program may be eligible for up to 22 substantive hours: 2 hours per completed assignment and 1 hour per case law webinar

  Hours
Law Society of Ontario9
Law Society of British Columbia22
Law Society of Saskatchewan**
Law Society of Manitoba22
Law Society of Alberta22

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

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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 2021 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 9, 2021

Financial aid may be available for students whose tuition fees are not paid by an employer. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their annual income. Please contact the IPIC office at admin@ipic.ca or 613-234-0516.

Cancellation Policy

A refund will be granted up to and including August 9, 2021, less a $100 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.

EXAM INFORMATION

The College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA) has set the following dates for the 2021 qualification exams. 

The forms and process for exam registration is accessible on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees.

Details regarding payment of exam fees is provided on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees. 

Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

Registration Opens: June 28, 2021
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2021
Accommodation Request Deadline: October 15, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Part A – November 9, 2021
Part B – November 10, 2021

New Trainees

Individuals who are writing the Qualifying Examinations or beginning their training must register with the CPATA as either a Patent or Trademark Agent in Training (a Class 3 Licensee). No fees will be charged in 2021 for this class. The forms and process for these applications may be found on the CPATA website under Agents & Trainees.

All inquiries regarding the 2021 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination should be directed to The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents general registration inbox at dirregistration@cpata-cabamc.ca.

Inquiries

For more information on the course:

admin@ipic.ca
613-234-0516

Program subject to change.