This Opposition Proceedings Module will provide an overview of the legal principles surrounding opposition proceedings, as well as the practical skills required to prosecute or defend an opposition.

NOTE – course materials will be updated after changes to the Trademarks Act, the Trademarks Regulations, and new CIPO Practice Notices come into force on June 17, 2019. Students enrolled prior to this date will be provided with the updated course materials.

Learning objectives

  • Develop a plan of action for your client based on his/her needs including when and why opposition should be considered and when and why to consider settlement
  • Identify and apply various grounds of opposition and obtain familiarity with the Trademark Office Practice Rules and the relevant sections of the Trade-marks Act and Trade-marks Regulations
  • Develop an understanding of the various stages of an opposition
  • Develop an understanding of relevant case law
  • Obtain the knowledge and skills required to prepare documents relevant to an opposition proceeding including the statement of opposition, counterstatement and affidavits
  • Develop and apply techniques required for the preparation of and attendance at cross examination and oral hearings including familiarity with relevant case law

Who should participate

  • Trademark agent trainees (1 year minimum experience)
  • Trademark agents, in house counsel and lawyers looking to update their skills
  • Trademark portfolio managers who wish to increase their knowledge


This course is a self-paced educational program offering study materials, relevant case law, self-assessment quizzes (Q&A), as well as substantive assignments accompanied by model answers. Students will have access to a trademark agent who will answer questions and provide guidance in “Ask the Expert” format.


IPIC Member: $599 + applicable taxes

Non-Member: $899 + applicable taxes

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 or 613-234-0516.

Cancellation policy

A refund will be granted up to one week after beginning the course, less a $50 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.