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 recordings on the review of case law
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A Series of Webinar Recordings

Case study webinars will assist candidates in interpreting jurisprudence, the Trade-marks Act and the Trade-marks Regulations

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



Assignment Due Dates

Unit 1
Trademark Searching & Availability

September 9

Unit 2
Preparing and Filing the Trademark Application

September 16

Unit 3
Office Actions - Conformity (Section 30)

September 23

Unit 4
Office Actions - Inherent Registrability (Section 12)

September 30

Unit 5
Office Actions - Entitlement (Section 16)

October 7

Unit 6
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(a)) - Conformity

October 14

Unit 7
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(b)) - Registrability

October 21

Unit 8
Grounds of Opposition (Section 38(2)(c) and (d)) -
Entitlement and Distinctiveness

October 28

Unit 9
Allowance, Renewals, Assignments, Licensing, Passing
Off, Infringement, Combating Counterfeit Products Act

November 4

Unit 10
Section 45 Proceedings

November 11

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.

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Enrollment is limited; should it become necessary to restrict the number of participants, preference will be given to those planning to sit for the 2016 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.

Continuing Professional Development

This program may be eligible for up to:

  • 10 substantive hours for viewing the case study webinar recordings (1 hour per webinar)

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



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.

Cancellation Policy

A refund will be granted up to and including August 26, 2016, less a $100 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.

Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

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Program subject to change.