Careers in IP

Careers in IP

Our focus on this website is on two closely related professions: patent agent and trademark agent. In these pages (see links on the left), we explain how to become a patent agent or trademark agent. Note that if you are thinking of becoming an agent, you must consult the website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office because it is this government body that sets the rules and, most importantly, the deadline to register for the exams.

Many agents are also lawyers. We explain briefly in these pages the roles of IP lawyers. It is not necessary to be a registered agent to specialize in IP law as a lawyer but the training to become an agent will certainly provide a strong knowledge base. For information on becoming a lawyer you should consult websites of law societies and universities. While the usual path is to go to law school and become a lawyer before training to become an agent, the reverse can also be done. 

Finally, we also briefly outline other careers in IP, some of which don't require that you be an agent or a lawyer.