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


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.


The course is conducted online over 10 weeks and includes:

  • comprehensive reading material
  • weekly practice assignments reviewed by instructors
  • simulated exam questions (Q&A)
  • discussion forum
  • webinar series on the review of case law
Free subscription to IP SOURCE (Westlaw)

Webinars & Assignments

Case study webinars will assist candidates in interpreting jurisprudence, the Trade-marks Act and the Trade-marks Regulations. Instructors will discuss trademark cases and review practice assignments on a weekly basis.

A former Trademark Agent Examining Board member will offer guidance on preparing for and writing the Exam. The webinar and assignment schedule is available here.


Enrollment is limited; should it become necessary to restrict the number of participants, preference will be given to those planning to sit for the 2015 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination.

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.

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.

Continuing Professional Development

This program may be eligible for up to:

10 substantive hours for attending the case law study webinars (1 hour per webinar).

20 substantive hours for completing the assignments (2 hours per assignment).

Cancellation Policy

A refund will be granted up to and including August 28, 2015, less a $100 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.

Course Inquiries

Program subject to change.