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 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