How to Become a Trademark Agent

How to Become a Canadian Trademark Agent

The following steps to become a trademark agent are not the official rules. If you are interested in becoming a trademark agent, you must consult the information provided by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), especially regarding the strict deadlines for the exams

Step One: Verify that you meet the prerequisites

There are no formal education requirements to become a trademark agent. The education must be obtained by working as a trainee (i.e. a form of apprenticeship). 

If you are a resident of Canada and have worked for at least 24 months in the area of Canadian trademark law and practice, including preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, you will be eligible to take the Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) administers the Examination and maintains the List of Trademark Agents in accordance with the Trademarks Regulations.

For the Examination Guidelines and other relevant information click here.

For questions regarding the examination please write to: cipoagentexams@ic.gc.ca.

Step Two: Prepare for the Examination

IPIC offers optional introductory and advanced training courses in trademark law and practice, including Trademark Agent Exam Tutorials and the Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course. 

Please click here for information on our courses or e-mail us at education@ipic.ca.

Consult past trademark agent exams on the CIPO website by clicking here.

Step Three: Register for the Examination

N.B. There is a strict deadline to register for the examination. Obtain that date from CIPO.

There are strict deadlines inthe exam process. Please make sure that you are aware of these deadlines.

When you are eligible to take the exam, you must:

  • Write to the Registrar of Trademarks and indicate you wish to write the exam. (You must have completed the required 24 months of work experience before Oct. 1 of the year in which you write the exam.)
  • File an affidavit or statutory declaration regarding work experience in trademark law and practice.
  • Pay the examination fee(s) to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
You can find IPIC's guide to writing the Trademark Exam here.  

Step Four: Write the Examination

The examination is held in person in many cities across Canada in October. There is a strict deadline to register for the examination.

There are two parts to the exam that must be successfully passed: Part A which focuses on pre-advertisement issues and Part B which focuses on post-advertisement issues. In order to pass the exam, you must receive a minimum score of 65% on each part of the exam. 

IPIC publishes candidate guides to writing the trademark agent exam. Please click here.

Step Five: Register as a Trademark Agent

When you have passed the exam, you may write to the Registrar of Trademarks and request to be added to the List of Trademark Agents and pay a fee in order to be authorized to practice in Canada. You will need to pay an annual fee in order to remain on the list.