"Module 2 provides a great opportunity to improve the skills and knowledge that are important to be successful on Papers B and D of the Patent Agent Examination. With helpful instructions and personalized feedback from experienced instructors, the course will help develop a strong foundation to accurately and efficiently construe claims, and identify and analyze issues. I highly recommend this course to anyone planning to write Papers B and D." 

Michael Yun (Riches McKenzie & Herbert LLP)
Candidate with the highest overall mark in the 2013 Patent Agent Qualifying Examination


This Patent Agent Training Course is an advanced, practical program intended to enhance the patent agent trainees’ skills relevant to infringement and validity and to increase their chances of success in the Patent Agent Qualifying Examination.

The delivery of this course is a combination of in-class and distance education learning.

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM (ET) DAILY

You can attend the lectures 2 ways (participation is mandatory):


Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre           The lectures will be live-streamed for access from anywhere across Canada
130 King Street West

The initial lectures will introduce the core principles surrounding patent infringement and validity:

  • Review of relevant jurisprudence
  • Claim construction and interpretation
  • Basis for infringement and remedies
  • Limitation periods
  • Essential v. non-essential elements
  • Direct v. indirect infringement
  • Defenses to infringement
  • Presumption of validity
  • Anticipation/novelty
  • Inventive step/obviousness
  • Utility
  • Sufficiency of description/ambiguity
  • Inventorship


The initial session will be followed by 8 weeks of practice exercises, consisting of one exercise per week. The homework will involve approximately 5 hours per week. The exercises will be submitted via e-mail to the instructors who will in turn provide comprehensive feedback on each answer received.

WEBINAR – Practical Tips on Writing the Patent Agent Exam

A webinar dedicated to practical tips on preparing for and writing the exam will be presented by former members of the Patent Agent Examining Board.

"I highly recommend Module 2 of the IPIC Patent Agent Training Course. The in-class sessions on claim construction and exam writing strategy, as well as the follow-up practice exercises, are invaluable for developing the skills necessary to succeed on Papers B and D of the Patent Agent Exam. Anyone writing these papers could benefit from taking this course." 

Todd Keeler (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
Candidate with the highest overall mark in the 2012 Patent Agent Qualifying Examination
"Participating in the course provided me with the knowledge required to pass the exams, and the assignments completed as part of the course provided the practical feedback I needed in order to be able to demonstrate that knowledge in the exams." 

Jennifer Marles (Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP) 
Candidate with the highest overall mark and the highest mark for Paper A (drafting) in the 2009 Patent Agent Qualifying Examination

Course Pre-requisites

To obtain the optimum benefits from the course it is recommended that students have at least one year of experience or training in the areas of Canadian patent infringement and validity.


  Live Stream In Person in Toronto
Member $2,900 $2,400
Non Member $3,200 $2,700

*plus applicable tax

Registration Closed


This program is eligible for Substantive Hours.



Law Society of Upper Canada


Barreau du Québec


Law Society of British Columbia


Law Society of Saskatchewan**


Law Society of Manitoba


Law Society of Alberta


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

Attestation of Participation

An attestation will be issued for participation in the initial lectures.

Patent Agent Qualifying Examination

The examination consists of four separate papers:

PAPER A – Drafting | PAPER B – Validity | PAPER C – Office Practice | PAPER D – Infringement

The exam is administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) at various locations across Canada.

Information on pre-requisites to sit and to register for the exam can be found on the CIPO website at


Candidate Guides to Writing the Exam

There are four writing guides (Paper A, Paper B, Paper C, Paper D). They are available here.


Program subject to change.