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


The course is conducted online over 10 weeks and includes:

  • reading material
  • weekly practice assignments reviewed by instructor
  • simulated exam questions (Q&A)
  • discussion forum
  • webinar series on case law

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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.

Case Study Webinars

Case law discussions will assist candidates in interpreting jurisprudence, the Trademarks Act and the Trademarks Regulations. Instructors will review leading trademark cases in weekly webinars.

Exam Preparation Webinar

A former Trademark Agent Examining Board member will offer guidance on preparing for and writing the Exam.

Webinar Schedule

Presentations will take place weekly between 12 pm and 1 pm (ET) on the following dates:

Case Study Webinars

  • Monday, September 8
  • Monday, September 15
  • Monday, September 22
  • Monday, September 29
  • Monday, October 6
  • Monday, October 20
  • Monday, October 27
  • Monday, November 3
  • Monday, November 10

Exam Preparation Webinar

  • Date to be confirmed

Webinars will be recorded and made available to those unable to attend the live presentations.


Experienced practitioners will review assignments and provide guidance throughout the course.

Please consult the brochure at the bottom of this page.

Continuing Professional Development

This program may be eligible for up to:

  • 9 substantive hours for attending the case study webinars (1 hour per webinar)

  • 20 substantive hours for completing the assignments (2 hours per assignment)
Law Society of Upper Canada 9
Barreau du Québec 29
Law Society of British Columbia 29
Law Society of Saskatchewan  9
Law Society of Manitoba 29
Law Society of Alberta 29


“The IPIC Trademark Exam Prep Course provided an invaluable tool in preparation for writing the trademark exam. Not only was the discussion forum of great assistance in obtaining answers to questions, the teachers were generous with their time and knowledgeable about the current state of trademark practice in Canada. The course imparts an excellent overview of trademark practice in Canada from A to Z."

Shauna Paul (MacRae & Co.)
Candidate with the Highest Mark in the 2013 Trademark Agent Exam

"IPIC’s Trademark Agent Exam Prep Course helped me greatly in practice and exam preparation. The course materials are clear and well written. The instructors are experienced trademark practitioners and provide numerous tips and insights. I can’t say enough about the quality of this course, its calibre, scope and form."

Susan Tees (Tees IP)


IPIC Member: $1,200 + applicable taxes

Non Member: $1,500 + 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.

Registration Closed

Enrollment is limited; should it become necessary to restrict the number of participants, preference will be given to those planning to sit for the 2014 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination.

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.

Cancellation Policy

A refund will be granted up to and including August 26, 2014, less a $100 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.

Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

The examination is administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Visit How to Become a Registered Trademark Agent on the CIPO website at


Candidate Guide to Writing the Canadian Trademark Agent Examination

Click here to view the guide.

Course Inquiries

Program subject to change.