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Intellectual Property Higher Courts Advocacy Certificate

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three months
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Why choose this course?

You will be a holder of IPReg’s Higher Courts Litigation Certificate by assessment or “passport”

And

either you want to exercise advocacy rights beyond those given by that certificate, or even if not, you want to develop a deeper understanding of civil evidence and civil advocacy in IP Litigation.

If the answer to either of the above is “yes” then the IP Higher Courts Advocacy Certificate (“HCAC”) course is for you.

The aim of the course, and assessment, is to ensure that you have the necessary skills to develop as an advocate once you have completed the course and the assessment, and to justify the grant of higher court advocacy rights under section 2.2(c) of the IPREG Certification Rules 2012 (“the 2012 rules”).

Why study at Nottingham Law School?

Advocacy is a skill that is developed over time, with support and constant feedback from fellow advocates. NLS is committed to the “learning by doing” approach to legal education, which is a theme common to the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice and the Intellectual Property Litigation Course, which leads to an award under section 2.2(b) of the Certification Rules.  The focus is not on how quickly the qualification can be obtained, but the extent to which the new advocate feels prepared to use the rights, once qualified.

The course has been designed to factor in the space and time needed to develop both the necessary knowledge base and practical skills over a period of three months from enrolment to assessment. This is achieved by using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching for both the advocacy and evidence parts of the programme.

You will work though material released on the NLS Virtual Learning Environment, NOW, in your own time, and prepare for both the written and practical aspects of the course. You must engage with a variety of podcasts, film clips, and guided reading in civil evidence, ethics, and advocacy skills, so that online and face to face teaching can focus on practical skills. You will also complete several self-test exercises online, as well as preparing for live seminars either on MS Teams, in the case of the evidence and ethics programme, or face to face during the advocacy element of the course.

Nottingham Law School offers Certificates in:

  • IP Basic Litigation Skills*,
  • IP Litigation and IP Advocacy* and
  • Higher Courts Advocacy*.

*The three courses are accredited by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg). The courses must be completed in order.

Successful completion of these courses enables you to obtain all three of the IPReg certificates granting you rights to litigate intellectual property matters before the civil courts of England and Wales.

The three courses are operated under the aegis of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg). The content of the skills and substantive subjects is prescribed by outcomes drafted by IPReg. Nottingham Law School is approved and accredited by IPReg. The tuition, together with the form and content of the assessment regime, is monitored rigorously by internal and external examiners.

Intellectual Property Regulation Board Litigation Rights:

  • To litigate or act as advocate before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court or a County Court, or to appeal from the IPO to the High Court, Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys need an “Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate”. This certificate is issued by IPReg. Nottingham Law School provides a course for those wishing to have these rights.
  • To act as advocate in intellectual property matters before other civil courts, Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys need a “Higher Courts Advocacy Certificate”.

The HCAC course is designed for:

  • Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys who hold the Higher Courts Litigation Certificate.

What you’ll study

Successful completion of these courses enables you to obtain all three of the IPReg certificates granting you rights to litigate intellectual property matters before the civil courts of England and Wales.

The induction session will be delivered synchronously online before stage one of the course begins. Upon enrolment to the course, you will be required to take part in a virtual “Scavenger Hunt” which is designed to refresh your minds about the elements of procedure and practice that you were taught on the NLS IP Litigation and Advocacy course and to introduce you to the areas of focus on law and procedure in which you will be required to become immersed on the course. If you have been “passported” into rights under section 2.2(b) of the Certification Rules you may take this part of the course as a diagnostic to decide whether additional study is required.

This stage will be taught online synchronously and asynchronously over approximately three months. This timeframe allows you to listen to podcasts, complete directed reading from the main practitioner texts such as the White Book and Phipson on Evidence.  This design enables flexibility in the management of your time and in recognition that you are a busy IP Litigator practitioner.

Asynchronous delivery affords you time to consider the principles and practice of the subject matter by engaging in directed reading and completion of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and short answer questions (SAQs) based on a case study when you have achieved the end of a particular section of learning.

The synchronous elements of stage one will be taught by five online two-hour sessions delivered via Microsoft Teams, fortnightly, to test and develop understanding and application of the material prepared online.

Delivery of stage two of the course, which focuses on advocacy skills, will be conducted in person at Nottingham Law School’s campus. The face-to-face course will be delivered over three consecutive full teaching days:  Wednesday to Friday, with a short trial on the Friday afternoon so that you may practise the skills you have learned with the opportunity of tutor feedback.

You will have use of state-of-the-art courtroom facilities during the Advocacy training (subject to COVID-19 social distancing measures and/or Government guidance applicable at the relevant time).

You will then have a break of seven days to reflect on the feedback received before repeating the mini trial on MS Teams. This final simulation, using the same case study, places the skills in context and allows you to replay some aspects of your earlier attempt.

Stage two is focused on skills and you are expected to have synthesised your learning from stage one to assist you in developing and practising the many skills required of an advocate. The experience of stage two also supports the lessons learned from stage one and places them in context, prior to the final assessment.

The programme uses the NOW Virtual Learning Environment to deliver a range of learning materials from podcasts, narrated PowerPoints, film clips, and an IP Advocacy Skills Guidance Booklet.

How you’re taught

We will be delivering the IPHCAC course using a blend of online and face to face learning.


Assessment methods:

  • Evidence, Procedure & Ethics Written Examination Paper
  • Oral Advocacy Assessment

Assessment dates:

  • Evidence, Procedure & Ethics Written Paper: To be confirmed
  • Advocacy Assessment: To be confirmed

Covid-19 planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern, whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience, and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Staff Profiles

Joy Davies

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Joy Davies

Careers and employability

The course provide professional training for Trade Mark Attorneys, Patent Attorneys and other professionals working in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys who are holders of IPReg’s Higher Courts Litigation Certificate by assessment or passport.

What are we looking for?

  • Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys who are holders of IPReg’s Higher Courts Litigation Certificate by assessment or passport.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2021 entry

Study modeHome fees
Part-time£2,990

Discounts available

Launch discount £500
NTU alumni discount£300

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2021 entry

Study modeHome fees
Part-time£2,990

Discounts available

Launch discount £500
NTU alumni discount£300

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Register your interest for the course here.

Please contact plsadmin@ntu.ac.uk for any queries you may have, or call  +44 115 84 84639.

Register your interest for the course here.

Please contact plsadmin@ntu.ac.uk for any queries you may have, or call  +44 115 84 84639.