Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course - Spring 2020

February 28 - May 15, 2020

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

Registration Deadline: February 24, 2020

Exam Prep Course Instructors 2020 EN

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 (to be presented in webinar format closer to the Exam – Fall 2020).

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Assignments

 

Assignment Due Dates

UNIT 1
Trademark Searching & Availability Opinions

March 6 

UNIT 2
Preparing and Filing the Trademark Application

March 13

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

March 20

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

March 27 

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

April 3

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

April 10

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

April 17

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

April 24

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

May 1

UNIT 10
Section 45 Proceedings and Expungement

May 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.

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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 Ontario
9
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 2020 Trademark Agent Examination.

Registration Deadline: February 24, 2020

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 February 24, 2020, less a $100 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.

Trademark Agent Examination

Please contact CIPO directly at IC.CIPOAgentExams-OPICExamenAgent.IC@canada.ca for further information regarding the date and registration deadline of the 2020 Examination.

CIPO website: click here

Inquiries

For more information on the course:

admin@ipic.ca
613-234-0516

Program subject to change.