Certificate in

Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy

Students at conference
  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: IP Litigation: February 2019; IP Advocacy: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year

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Nottingham Law School offers an IP Litigation and an IP Advocacy course, both designed for those who have at least two years experience in intellectual property practice; the courses build upon students' existing knowledge and experience.

The Nottingham Law School Intellectual Property Litigation and Intellectual Property Advocacy Courses are:

  • designed specifically for experienced intellectual property practitioners
  • approved by ITMA / IPREG and satisfies the requirements for qualification as a trade mark litigator and / or trade mark advocate (please note that both courses are required)
  • approved by CIPA / IPREG and satisfies the requirements for qualification as a patent attorney litigator (please note that both courses are required)
  • delivered in a way that suits busy schedules and minimises the time spent away from the office
  • designed to allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to their own practice
  • designed to provide continuing professional education.

Those who practice in the field of intellectual property face the traditional pressures of heavy caseloads, the complexity of cases and the need to keep up to date with new developments, legislation and case law in the UK, Europe and internationally. Nottingham Law School offers an IP Litigation course and an IP Advocacy course which can enable practitioners to meet these challenges and exercise rights to conduct litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the High Court (including full advocacy rights before the IPEC) as well as appeals from those courts. Designed for those who have at least two years experience in intellectual property litigation, the courses build upon students' existing knowledge and experience.

What you'll study

These courses are approved by ITMA / IPReg and satisfy the requirements for qualification as a trade mark litigator and as a patent attorney litigator.

The courses will:

  • Develop high-level skills of reflection.
  • Enhance case analysis abilities.
  • Enhance drafting skills and abilities.
  • Enhance knowledge of the law of evidence and related practice.
  • Enable students to manage the litigation process including case management protocols in the Patents County Court and in the High Court and on appeal.
  • Enable students to gain experience of ADR and the importance of mediation as an ADR mechanism.
  • For those who are not litigators, it can provide knowledge and experience of the litigation process, in order to inform students' non-contentious work.

The courses are structured to minimise the time spent away from the office and are taught by a mix of assignments and attendance.

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate

    Unit one: Case Analysis and Case Theory, Drafting and Case Preparation

    The following topics will be covered:

    • case analysis and case theory
    • effective teams
    • drafting statements of case
    • client interviewing and management
    • evidence
    • disclosure
    • legal professional privilege and IP
    • professional conduct for IP litigators.

    Unit two: Project and Case Management, Funding and Costing and Interim Applications

    The following will be covered:

    • project management in IP litigation
    • cost and risk analysis
    • case management and work schedules
    • case management conferences
    • part 36 and offers
    • interim applications / injunctions / disclosure
    • drafting skeleton arguments.

    Unit three: ADR, Witness Evidence, Trial Craft, Risk Analysis and Settlement

    The following topics will be covered:

    • comparison and selection of ADR options
    • opportunity to take part in a mock mediation
    • techniques for interviewing witnesses
    • drafting witness statements
    • trial craft (preparation for trial)
    • risk analysis in litigation
    • settlement and appeals (including drafting settlement agreements)

    The timing of modules 1-3 is as follows:

    • Day 1 – 10:00 (registration 09:30 - 10:00) until 18:00 (lunch is 45 minutes)
    • Day 2 – 09:00 until 18:00 (lunch is 45 minutes)
    • Day 3 – 09:00 until 17:00 (lunch is 45 minutes)
  • Intellectual Property Advocacy Certificate

    The following will be covered:

    • case preparation for the advocate
    • opening statements
    • witness examination (chief / cross/ re-examination)
    • legal and evidential submissions
    • closing speeches
    • mock trial.

    The timing of this module is as follows:

    • Day 1 – 10 am (registration 9.30 am - 10 pm) until 6 pm (lunch is 45 minutes)
    • Day 2 – 9 am until 7 pm (lunch is 45 minutes)
    • Day 3 – 9 am until 5 pm (lunch is 45 minutes) Evening: Preparation for the assessment on day four.
    • Day 4 – 15 minute individual assessment according to a timetable (which starts at 10.30 am) provided at the beginning of module 4.

Course approved and endorsed by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).

How you’re taught

Study routes

The courses are built around four intensive modules running from Thursday to Saturday, allowing work to be completed at a time that is convenient to you.

Assessment methods:

  • Written Paper in Intellectual Property Litigation (three hours)
  • Advocacy Assessment (15 minutes).

Course dates 2019

Module 1: Thursday 14 February to Saturday 16 February 2019

Module 2: Thursday 23 May to Saturday 25 May 2019

Module 3: Thursday 4 July to Saturday 6 July 2019

Module 4: Wednesday 4 September to Saturday 7 September 2019

Assessment:

Written Litigation Paper: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Advocacy Assessment: Tuesday 3 September  2019

Careers and employability

These courses provide professional training for Trade Mark Attorneys, Patent Attorneys and other professionals working in the field of Intellectual Property Law. These courses are approved by ITMA / IPReg and satisfy the requirements for qualification as a trade mark litigator and as a patent attorney litigator.

Successful completion of both certificates entitle candidates to apply to IPReg for the Advanced Litigation Certificate.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • At least two years' experience in intellectual property practice.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

What are we looking for?

  • At least two years' experience in intellectual property practice.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of this page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you have checked the entry requirements above carefully before you start!

Please note that each course is applied for separately. If you wish to take both courses you will need to submit two applications.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You will find information and advice about applying to NTU on our postgraduates’ guidance pages.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Decided on this course? Click the Apply button at the top of this page now. We advise you to start applying as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Please note that each course is applied for separately. If you wish to take both courses you will need to submit two applications.

Applying to NTU

For advice on how to make an application to the University, please visit our see our applying guidelines for international students. You should also check out how to write a good personal statement.

Stressing over your student visa application? Visit our visa information page now.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You will need to submit TWO applications if applying for both courses.

Fees and funding

For course fees please visit our fees page.

Career Development loans may be available. For further information please visit the Gov.uk website.

Getting in touch

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Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

For course fees please visit our fees page.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

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