Our comprehensive course will equip you with the skills needed to help you achieve more in your job and demonstrate your skills and expertise as a trade mark paralegal.

What you will gain

Upskill and learn from experienced Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys and CITMA Paralegals about searching, filing, oppositions, maintenance of trade marks in the UK and abroad, and more.

This broad course will teach you the legal basis of trade marks and the practical aspects of managing trade mark portfolios. 

Becoming qualified

If you pass the online exam in June 2022, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification and be able to call yourself a CITMA Paralegal. This will unlock the door to our continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, where you can enhance your development and maintain your standards. 

We will invite successful students to receive their certificate at a ceremony in London, if safe to do so. 

How attendance works

The course runs from September 2021 to June 2022. 

This year’s course will be run completely online due to the impact of COVID-19. We will endeavour to organise face to face networking events and hybrid classes in London as and when restrictions are eased, but this will be subject to review. 

You can be based anywhere to attend this year’s online CITMA Paralegal Course. 

Programme

You can download the course programme here. Please note that the programme is subject to change. 

What students say

“This was an incredible course. It changed my whole trajectory as a trade mark paralegal. Everybody who wants to further their trade mark career should take part.”
Vanessa Hamler, Keltie LLP 

Frequently asked questions:

I’m not sure I meet the eligibility criteria, can I still take the course?

We do not actively discourage anyone from taking the course, nor do we police the requirement that students on the CITMA Paralegal Course have 18 months’ experience. 

This is our recommendation as we have found that those with less experience do not have the broad knowledge needed.

We have seen several students with less experience successfully pass the course, so we do leave it to your judgment. 

Students relatively fresh out of university may not find the content too heavy, whereas if you are juggling work and home life you may find the going tougher. Students from specialist peripheral fields such as domain names or renewals have also taken the course with success.

If you are not dealing with certain elements on a daily basis it can be difficult to apply your experience and learn and remember what is required to pass.

How long does the course last?

The course runs, roughly, over a period of six to nine months, culminating in a final exam.

Is there a reading list for the course?

The course is self-contained and all handouts and presentations are sufficient for taking the course. 

Although no other reading material is required, we would recommend you make yourself familiar with the EUIPO, UK IPO and WIPO websites as these will be useful in a career as a trade mark paralegal.

I live abroad and would like to sign up for the course. Do you offer the course 100% online?

Although we are offering the course online this year (2021-2022) due to the national restrictions placed because of Covid-19, we hope to eventually go back to our previous format of a ‘blended’ option. 

This means that while some lectures are available to attend either in-person or online, there will be a few sessions where attendance is compulsory for all students in-person on the day. We are continuing to review the current situation and will confirm the 2022-2023 course format later on in the year. 

My company is paying for my place on the course. Can I request an invoice instead of paying by card?

Where possible we ask you to pay by card to secure your place for the course, but if this is not an available option for you please email [email protected] to request an invoice.  

What subjects are covered by the CITMA Paralegal Course? Is there a syllabus?

There is a syllabus that we keep confidential. The subjects currently covered by the course are:

  • Searching and clearance, including classification
  • Filing and prosecution: UK, EUTM, Madrid, USA, China and overseas
  • Renewals and maintenance
  • Notarisation and legalisation
  • Recording title updates
  • Replacement
  • Security interests
  • Licensing
  • Opposition, revocation, invalidation and litigation
  • Designs: UK, RCD, Hague and overseas
  • Copyright
  • Domain names

What is the format of the exam?

The exam consists of two sections. Section A contains short-answer questions (approximately 12) that require short answers, lists or clear notes. Section B has 40 multiple-choice questions where you should choose the most correct answer (from four options).

Does the course involve coursework?

The course does not have any coursework. Some handouts may contain exercises for the you to undertake in your free time but they are not meant to be particularly time consuming.

I’ve not sat an exam for a number of years! What should I do to prepare?

We appreciate that you may not have sat an exam since you left full-time education.

The course includes an optional exam revision session where we go through last year’s paper. Our feedback of this session is that it is extremely useful and provides you with confidence going into the exam.

It is, of course, natural to feel nervous about an exam. If you’ve attended the sessions, read all your handouts and revised well – add any experience you have into the mix - there is absolutely no reason why you would not pass the exam.

Typically, the pass rate is around 85-90%. It is very achievable!

How long is the exam?

Currently, two hours.

What is the pass mark?

Currently, the pass mark is 65%.

Can you provide more information on the exam?

We will set our arrangements for the exam during the course. It will be made clear from the start of the course the time, date and location (including if online) of the exam.

When will exam results be made available?

As soon as we can. However, please appreciate that each exam paper is marked by two people (who are volunteers). Borderline cases also go through a further review, if necessary.

We expect to get results to you within two months of the exam date but will do our best to get them out as early as possible.

What happens when I pass?

Successful students are eligible for CITMA Paralegal membership of the CITMA.

This is free for the remainder of the calendar year. Membership requires sponsorship from a corporate member, but course presenters will typically be willing to provide sponsorship.

If possible, we will endeavour to run a ceremony for those that have passed the course shortly after the marks are awarded.

Membership as a CITMA Paralegal entitles you to call yourself a “CITMA Paralegal” and requires you to undertake CPD (continuing professional development) each year.

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We run a number of events during the year to help you learn and develop while you earn the required CPD hours.

Are there many people that complete the CITMA Paralegal course that then go onto become Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys?

It is not designed to be a stepping stone course but, yes, a number of students from the course have gone on to qualify as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

Please note:

  • Only apply for the Paralegal Course if you have a minimum of 18 months’ experience in trade mark administration and formalities.
  • You’re welcome to register as many students on to the course as your see fit. However, in the event the course is oversubscribed, and to ensure fairness to the wider profession, CITMA has ultimate discretion to cap the number of students attending from a particular firm.
  • We only accept online bookings.
  • First come, first served. 
  • £850 (VAT exempt).
  • Full terms and conditions apply