Registration Deadline: January 14, 2019


Module 2 of the Patent Agent Training Course is an advanced, practical program intended to enhance the patent agent trainees’ skills relevant to patent infringement and validity and to increase their chances of success in the Patent Agent Examination: Paper B (Validity) and Paper D (Infringement).

The delivery of this course is a combination of lectures and distance education learning.



Course Format

LECTURES: JANUARY 23 - 25, 2019
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM (ET) DAILY

The lectures are offered in two formats (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 lectures will be followed by 8 weeks of practice exercises, consisting of one exercise per week. 

WEBINAR – Practical Tips on Writing the Patent Agent Exam

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


"I recommend Module 2 of the IPIC Patent Agent Training Course to anyone writing Papers B and D. The course provided newly-formulated problems that mimicked what you would see on an actual exam. The instructors gave valuable feedback on how to effectively construe claims and analyze prior art, and in particular, how to perform that analysis in the context of an exam, all of which is important for success on Papers B and D.”

Tamara O'Connell (Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Candidate with the highest mark overall in the 2015 Patent Agent Examination

"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 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.


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

*plus applicable tax

Financial aid may be available to participate in this course. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their annual income. 


To register for the live stream option, click on the link below. 

To register for the in person in Toronto optionclick here.


This program is eligible for Substantive Hours.



Law Society of Ontario


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 Completion

Students who complete and submit all practice exercises will receive an attestation of completion at the end of the course.

Patent Agent 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.