Professional Certificate in

Trade Mark Practice

Trade Mark Practice - Professional Certificate in
  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: October 2018
  • Course duration: 1 year

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This Certificate, designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with CITMA, is focused on the development of the knowledge base and professional skills required of the trade mark attorney.

The course:

  • has been designed specifically for CITMA trainees and has been approved by CITMA / IPREG
  • is skills-based and built upon the same course delivery techniques as the Legal Practice Course for solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course for barristers
  • is designed to use a variety of teaching techniques such as interactive lectures, role play and case study exercises and facilitated discussion groups
  • is essentially practical, based on an experiential or learning by doing method of delivery
  • uses an eLearning platform called NOW, to enable you to stay in touch with the Law School throughout the course
  • utilises the skills of practicing trade mark attorneys addition to members of Nottingham Law School faculty (a number of practicing trade mark attorneys have undertaken a course called Train the Trainers to enable them to develop their skills as tutors in readiness for the course)
  • uses a method of rotating assessments meaning that some assessments are taken and then banked by the student during the course
  • carries university credits and is also graded, like the Nottingham Law School LPC, into Distinction, Commendation and Pass
  • is delivered in a way that suits busy schedules and minimises the time spent away from the office
  • recognises that you will be in private practice or working in-house during the course and seeks to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to your own practice as soon as possible
  • The course is structured to minimise the time spent away from the office and is taught by a mix of assignments and attendance.

What you'll study

The Certificate, designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with CITMA, is focused on the development of the knowledge base and professional skills required of the trade mark attorney in what is now a fragmented and volatile legal services market. Built upon teaching and assessment methods used to train solicitors and barristers, the new course will focus on the outcomes required of the practitioner in a post Legal Services Act world.

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 10 months, usually beginning in October and ending in July the following year on submission of the reflective report. 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 Unit 1 [4 days] [4 days Intensive stream]

Wednesday 5 December to Saturday 8 December 2018

Module 1 Unit 2 [4 days]

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Assessment: Interviewing

Wednesday 23 January to Saturday 26 January 2019

Module 2 Unit 1 [4 days] [3 days Intensive stream]

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Assessment: Searching

Thursday 14 March to Saturday 16 March 2019

Module 2 Unit 2 [3 days] [2 days Intensive stream]

Thursday 25 April 2019

Assessment: Introduction to UK & International TM Practice

Friday 26 April 2019

Assessment: Litigation & Tribunal Practice

Wednesday 12 June to Saturday 15 June 2019

Module 3: IP Basic Litigation Skills [4 days]

Thursday 18 July 2019

Assessment: IP Basic Litigation Skills

Friday 19 July 2019

Assessment: Advocacy

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 should normally have either:

  • successfully undertaken a course of study in trade mark law approved for the purpose by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and have employment in trade mark related practice (defined as a trademark attorney's office, solicitor's office, barristers' chambers, or the relevant department of a company, public authority or other public sector organisation, or a professional body)
  • in the opinion of the programme leader and of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, have equivalent qualifications or experience that will equip them to complete the course successfully.

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.

Applicants should normally have either:

  • successfully undertaken a course of study in trade mark law approved for the purpose by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and have employment in trade mark related practice (defined as a trademark attorney's office, solicitor's office, barristers' chambers, or the relevant department of a company, public authority or other public sector organisation, or a professional body)
  • in the opinion of the programme leader and of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, have equivalent qualifications or experience that will equip them to complete the course successfully.

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 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

Still need help?

NLS Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460