Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course - Spring 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).

Free subscription to IP SOURCE (Westlaw)

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.

Testimonial

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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 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