Certificate in

Registered Trade Mark Attorney Intensive Course

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  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: October 2018
  • Course duration: 6 months

FIND US ON

This course aims to equip you with the skills, procedural and substantive legal knowledge to enable you to achieve your ambition to qualify in your chosen career as a trade mark attorney. Taught part-time, the course comprises of two teaching weekends followed by assessment after completion of the course.

Why choose this course?

  • Part-way through the existing qualification system? Benefit from some of the features of the new system without starting from scratch.
  • Upon the completion of this course you will be able to apply for entry on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys.
  • Course content has a significant focus on the acquisition of professional skills
  • the course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

What you'll study

In Unit One, you will meet and interview a client who wishes to search and register a trade mark; one centring on goods and one on services. You will need to investigate the situation, conduct the correct searches and checks and then advise the client on the best route to take, encompassing both practical and strategic issues. Upon receiving instructions from the client, you will then make an application to register the trade mark.

This unit will introduce you to the various tasks that you may undertake, from managing a portfolio of trade marks to dealing with trade mark infringement or an action for passing off.

In addition, there will be significant focus on the acquisition of professional skills, via the use of case studies, in the context of ethics and professional conduct, client interviewing, written and “one to one” client advice and client relationship management.

In Unit Two you will prosecute the various applications made in Unit One through to registration, including dealing with absolute ground objections and oppositions or invalidations/revocations.

You will also have the opportunity to negotiate with an opponent to the alleged infringement action with a view to putting an agreement in place, a licence or an assignment. Issues such as the mortgaging of trade marks as well as the taxation and potential competition issues (re coexistence agreements) may also be included within the negotiation exercise.

There will be an emphasis on the development of drafting skills (pleadings and skeleton arguments as well as letter writing and advice) as well as case management and client management techniques and advocacy and appearance before the registry.

In addition, there will be the opportunity for you to also deal with an unsuccessful application to register and an Opposition. You will deal with the refusal, preparing advice to clients and drafting and filing responses, including any issues of client expectation management and the commerciality and strategic nature of advice and options offered to the client.

  • Unit One

    Unit One: Introduction to UK and International Trade Mark Practice, Searching and Client Relationships Skills (including Client interviewing and Advice), Enforcement and Exploitation of Trade Marks.

    Unit One will focus on the following substantive legal issues of trade mark practice, including:

    • What makes a good trade mark?
    • UK trade mark searching, (including register and in use searches); what makes a good, client focused search report for a client
    • Filing strategies (national vs. OHIM and Madrid)
    • Initial advice regarding registration (including which mark to register, where, and consideration of designs and domains)
    • Trade mark due diligence exercise on portfolio of trade marks – checking registration and any infringement actions or other issues to point out to a purchaser
    • Negotiation of assignments and licensing agreements (consider issues such as taxation, competition law and coexistence agreements).
  • Unit Two

    Unit Two: Registry Procedures and Advocacy

    Unit Two will focus on the following substantive legal issues of trade mark practice:

    • UKIPO and OHIM Practice and Procedure on absolute grounds – applying the Work Manuals
    • Grounds for refusal - responses to registry objections on absolute grounds for refusal under Trade Marks Act 1994
    • International IP Skills - OHIM/Madrid searches and reports
    • UKIPO and OHIM Practice and Procedure on opposition and revocation
    • Infringement and passing off – comparison of marks and goods, evidence, outline of court procedure.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

How you’re taught

Study routes

You will study part-time over one year, beginning in October and ending in April the following year. The course is built around intensive study units, usually running from Wednesday to Saturday, allowing work to be completed at a time that is convenient to you.

eLearning

The course does not consist solely of a limited number of study units in Nottingham. You will also make use of our eLearning facilities. NOW (NTU Online Work space) is a virtual learning portal and a resource which can be accessed from your computer at home or in the office. Course materials, recordings of lectures and assessments can be downloaded and viewed from your computer. In addition, you will be able to access library resources such as Westlaw and Kerly's. NOW can also be used to form online discussion groups. It will be possible for you to contact your personal tutor and group tutors via NOW, to obtain feedback or to ask questions.

It is hoped that NOW will enable a collegiate feeling to develop between faculty and students. You remain a student of the Law School, no matter where you are geographically. NOW provides a mechanism for you to stay in touch, both with your tutors and each other. Find out more about the NOW system on our website.

Course dates 2018/19

Wednesday 17 October to Saturday 20 October 2018

Module 1 [4 days]

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Assessment: Interviewing

Wednesday 23 January to Thursday 24 January 2019

Module 2 Part 1 [3 days]

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Assessment: Searching

Thursday 14 March to Friday 15 March 2019

Module 2 Part 2 [2 days]

Thursday 25 April 2019

Assessment: Written Paper Module 1 and Module 2

Friday 26 April 2019

[TBA]

Assessments are set in a practical context wherever possible.

Careers and employability

There is currently no careers information available for this course.

This course does not currently offer placements.

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

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Applicants for this course must:

  • have passed or been exempted from all the foundation papers under the existing qualification system;
  • have taken and passed at least one of the final papers, T3 or T6;
  • be a Student or Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

You do not need to have passed the T4 paper. It is not a requirement to have passed Design and Copyright although that will be needed in order to qualify as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney.

What are we looking for?

Applicants for this course must:

  • have passed or been exempted from all the foundation papers under the existing qualification system;
  • have taken and passed at least one of the final papers, T3 or T6;
  • be a Student or Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

You do not need to have passed the T4 paper. It is not a requirement to have passed Design and Copyright although that will be needed in order to qualify as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney.

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 submit your application by Monday 1 October 2018. Applications cannot be made after this date.

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 submit your application by Monday 1 October 2018. Applications cannot be made after this date.

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.

Applications close on Monday 1 October 2018.

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

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

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

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