IPIC Training Courses
There is no formal education requirement to become a patent or trademark agent. Education is obtained via on-the-job training. IPIC offers optional courses to complement this training and to prepare for the exams. General descriptions of the courses are provided below. For a list of upcoming courses, click here.
Introductory Course in Patents
IPIC and McGill University offer an introductory course on the basics of patents. This five-day intensive, practical course divided into optional modules is offered in July of each year in Montréal. The first module provides an overview of patents and patenting, while the second module completes the week and offers insights into the strategies relating to establishing and exploiting the patent portfolio, as well as enforcing or attacking a patent.
This course is is a must for engineers involved in patents and patenting, patent agents in training, new patent agents, lawyers (in-house or corporate counsel), licensing executives and contract managers – anybody who encounters patents in their work and needs to have a better understanding of the nature and scope of the patent system, how patents are obtained, how to manage a patent portfolio
Patent Agent Training Course (PATC)
The Patent Agent Training Course is for trainees who have worked for at least 1 year in the field of patents. The course is divided into two modules: Module 1 – Drafting & Prosecution, offered in the fall, addresses subject matter pertaining to Exam papers A and C and Module 2 – Infringement & Validity, offered in the winter, addresses subject matter pertaining to Exam papers B & D. Course instructors include past members of the Patent Agent Exam Board.
Patent Agent Tutorials
The Patent Agent Tutorials are for trainees registered to write the Patent Agent Exam. Offered in winter of each year, the tutorials consist of a series of practical exercises and a 2-day session in Ottawa-Gatineau. Exercises are reviewed by course tutors and discussed during the on-site sessions.
Introductory Course in Trademarks
IPIC and McGill University offer an intensive and practical course providing valuable information about acquiring, managing & protecting trademark assets, plus dealing with contentious proceedings. Lectures and workshops cover both theoretical & practical aspects of trademark procurement, portfolio management, and contentious proceedings; together with comparative reviews of trademark law & practice in the U.S. and Europe – vital information for today’s world. This course is offered at the end of July or beginning of August in Montréal.
Trademark Agent Online Training Course (TMATC)
The Trademark Agent Online Training Course is offered to trainees who have worked for at least 1 year in the field of trademarks. The course is divided into seven modules, each of which consists of 8 weeks of distance education. A module is offered each fall. For more information on each module, click here. The modules are not offered in sequence.
Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course
This Exam Prep Course is an in-depth distance education program intended to prepare candidates for the Canadian Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination. It is offered every spring. The curriculum covers issues tested in the exam, case law discussions that assist candidates in interpreting jurisprudence as well as pratical tips on preparing for and writing the exam. This course includes: 9 case study webinars, 1 exam writing tips webinar, 9 weeks of tutored assignments, and a portal with reading material, simulated exam questions, case law and a discussion forum. For more information, click here.
Trademark Agent Tutorials
The Trademark Agent Tutorials are for trainees registered to write the Trademark Agent Exam. The tutorials are offered in September of each year and consist of a series of practical exercises and a 1-day session in Ottawa-Gatineau. Exercises are reviewed by course tutors and discussed during the on-site session.