Introduction to Trade Mark Administration and Formalities Course

Our interactive introduction to trade mark administration and formalities will give new recruits and those unfamiliar with trade mark formalities a grounding in key aspects.


Delivered online and on demand, we cover the lifecycle of a trade mark, record keeping, searching and the trade mark registration process amongst other elements. 

Intended for new formalities staff with less than six months’ experience, the interactive course will take participants through a series of activities and scenarios that bring the world of trade marks to life. 

Taking this course will complement internal ‘on-the-job’ training, rather than replace it. 

After registering you will receive a link to log on and complete the course at your convenience. The course itself will take one to two hours for you to complete and you will have continued access to it for the following eight weeks. 

Once you have completed all the units you will unlock a ten question quiz – get 80% or more correct and you’ll pass. If you don’t complete it first time you may wish to revisit a few of the units before taking it again – you have an unlimited number of attempts. 

Passing the quiz will allow you to download and print your own personalised certificate to demonstrate that you completed the training with an understanding of trade mark formalities.  

The course is made up of 10 units:

  1. Welcome
  2. What is a trade mark?
  3. The lifecycle of a trade mark
  4. Selection and searching
  5. The register of trade marks
  6. Filing
  7. Prosecution and registration
  8. Post-registration
  9. Overseas trade marks
  10. Summary and next steps

The course costs £95 per participant. 

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What the course looks like:

Frequently asked questions: 

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at new formalities staff with up to six months' experience who are working in the trade mark profession, whether that is in private practice or within an in-house department of a company. 
If you have 18 months’ experience or more in an formalities role, we advise you to consider the CITMA Paralegal Course instead. However, we do not enforce eligibility criteria and so you are welcome to take this course if you feel it will be worthwhile. 

What will this course cover?

This course is designed to provide an introduction to trade mark administration (record-keeping) and formalities (handling standard parts of the process), exploring the process of applying for and registering a trade mark in the United Kingdom.
It is designed to complement, rather than replace, any internal on-the-job training. 

How will I learn?

This is a fully online, standalone course, with interactive activities, scenarios and videos to help bring the topic to life. 

You’ll work through the course content in order, but then once you’ve completed the course, you will be able to go back and dip in and out as you wish – for example, if you want to refresh your memory on a particular point.

How long will it take?

We estimate that it will take most people around 1-2 hours to complete, but you can work at your own pace. 
It’s up to you whether you work through the course in a single sitting or bit by bit over multiple sessions – whatever works best for you.

Once you have registered, you have eight weeks to complete everything. 

What do I need to do to pass the course?

When you’ve worked through all of the course content, you’ll unlock a short multiple-choice quiz which gives you an opportunity to check your understanding of some of the key points. 

You’ll need to score 80% or higher to pass this quiz, but don’t worry – you can take as many attempts as you need to. 

When you pass the quiz, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.