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Certificate in

Intellectual Property Basic Litigation Skills - Patent Attorney

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  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Starting: Monday 7 December 2020
  • Course duration: 5 consecutive days and one assessment day 5 days later


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This is a Basic Litigation Skills Course for registered Patent Attorneys (see the first bullet point below). All Patent Attorneys registered with IPReg after 31.12.12. are required to complete and pass a Basic Litigation Skills course within 3 years of the end of the year in which they entered the IPReg register.


This course is accredited by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg). Successful completion of this course will entitle candidates to apply for IPReg’s Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.

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 gain these rights.
  • To litigate in intellectual property matters before other civil courts of England and Wales, Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys need a “Higher Courts Litigation Certificate”. This certificate is issued by IPReg. Nottingham Law School provides a course for those wishing to gain 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”.

Advocacy and the conduct of Civil Litigation is highlighted as a high-risk activity, with specific guidance in the IPREG Code of Conduct which states that the practitioner should consider the issue of competence throughout the retainer. Appearance as an advocate requires a synthesis of technical, legal, ethical and practical skills sets. This course focuses on the development of those skills, not just for the purpose of assessment, but also to support the development of confidence in the advocate.

This Certificate, designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with IPReg and based on IPReg’s prescribed Learning Outcomes, focuses on the development of the knowledge base and professional skills required of a registered Patent Attorney to conduct Intellectual Property Litigation or act as advocate in this practice area before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) or a County Court, or to appeal from the IPO to the High Court.

The course is built upon the teaching and assessment methods used to train solicitors and barristers. The tuition, together with the form and content of the assessment regime, is monitored rigorously by internal moderation and external examiners.

What you'll study

The course will provide training in the following areas of Intellectual Property Litigation:

  • Professional Conduct for Patent Attorney Litigators (Boot Camp)
  • Advocacy (Boot Camp)
  • The Forensic Journey in IPEC
  • IPEC Small Claims Track
  • Pre-action conduct
  • Case analysis and pre-action conduct
  • ADR
  • Claim Letter
  • Issuing proceedings in IPEC
  • Drafting Statements of Case in IPEC
  • Case Management in IPEC
  • Expert Evidence
  • Skeleton Arguments
  • Oral submissions
  • Trial preparation
  • Trial
  • Appeals
  • Judicial Review

The course is accredited by IPReg.

Appearance as an advocate requires a synthesis of technical, legal, ethical and practical skills sets. This course focuses on the development of those skills, not just for the purposes of the assessment, but also to support the development of confidence in the advocate.

How you’re taught

Online learning

NOW (NTU Online Workspace) is a virtual learning portal and a resource which may 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.

The online platform for synchronous delivery of the course is via Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams will be used to form online discussion groups. It will be possible for you to contact your group tutors via NOW and Microsoft Teams, 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 2020

  • Patent Boot Camp: 7 December 2020
  • IP Basic Litigation Skills:  8-11 December 2020
  • IP Basic Litigation Skills Assessment: 16 December 2020
  • Advocacy Assessment: 16 December 2020

Covid-19 planning

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was conducted in one 5 full day consecutive block of teaching face to face with the two assessments 4-6 weeks later.

For the academic year 2020-2021, Nottingham Law School will be delivering this course using blended synchronous and asynchronous learning. The module will cover the same hours of tutor led teaching; however, the module will be divided into shorter online teaching sessions.

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.

Assessment methods

  • Written Paper in the conduct of litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (two hours)
  • Oral Advocacy Assessment (30 minutes)

Careers and employability

There are no placements included in this course. Applicants will be in employment as Patent Attorneys.

Success in the assessment entitles candidates to apply to IPReg for The Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants are required to be qualified Patent Attorneys registered with and regulated by IPReg.
  • Provide details of your registration and certificate.

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants are required to be qualified Patent Attorneys.
  • Provide details of your qualification in your personal statement.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

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!

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Course fees for December 2020:

£1750.00

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

Course fees for June 2020:

£2035.00

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