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This Trademarks Opposition Proceedings Course will provide you with an overview of the legal principles surrounding opposition proceedings, as well as the practical skills required to successfully prosecute or defend an opposition.

Registration deadline: September 23, 2013

Learning objectives :

  • Develop a plan of action for your client based on his/her needs including when and why opposition should be considered and when and why to consider settlement
  • Identify and apply various grounds of opposition and obtain familiarity with the new Trademark Office Practice Rules and the relevant sections of the Trademarks Act and Trademark Regulations
  • Develop an understanding of the various stages of an opposition
  • Develop an understanding of relevant case law
  • Obtain the knowledge and skills required to prepare documents relevant to an opposition proceeding including the statement of opposition, counterstatement and affidavits
  • Develop and apply techniques required for the preparation of and attendance at cross examination and oral hearings including familiarity with relevant case law

Who should participate

  • Trademark agent trainees with a good understanding of trademark prosecution
  • Trademark agents, in house counsel and lawyers looking to update their skills
  • Trademark portfolio managers who wish to increase their knowledge
  • CIPO employees who have experience in applying and interpreting legislation

Online format

There are 10 units of study each comprising: reading material, weekly assignments, self-assessment (Q&A), and case list. Assignments will be reviewed by instructors who will provide guidance throughout the course. Students and instructors will participate in a web-based discussion forum.

Continuing Professional Development

This program is eligible for up to 16 Substantive Hours.




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Cancellation policy

A refund will be granted up to and including September 30, 2013, less a $50 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be considered.