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The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice is a requirement for those wishing to qualify as Trade Mark Attorneys but it is also open to students who want to get a good understanding of national, European and international trade mark law at an advanced level. The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice programme has been specifically designed in close co-operation with the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) for the trainee agent. The professional stream programme is accredited by the statutory regulator Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).

This programme starts in on September and runs as a two week intensive course, followed by ten two-day sessions between October and April and exams during the summer exam period.

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Programme outline

The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice programme consists of four compulsory 15-credit modules:

Students will begin their study of the programme with an intensive two-week induction period of full-time teaching on Foundations of Law for Trade Mark Practice, introductory elements of the Designs and Copyright Law and Trade Mark Law and Practice A modules. These will be conducted in mid September.

Students will then proceed to study the remainder of the Trade Mark Law and Practice A module, Designs and Copyright Law modules, and Trade Mark Law and Practice B between October and April.

Provisional Schedule - Intensive two week period and study sessions

  • Intensive first two weeks at Charterhouse Square 15 - 26 September 2014

Study Sessions (All Friday/Saturday):

  • 10/11 Oct and 24/25 Oct 2014
  • 7/8 Nov and 21/22 Nov 2014
  • 5/6 Dec 2014
  • 9/10 Jan and 23/24 Jan 2015
  • 6/7 Feb and 20/21 Feb 2015
  • 6/7 Mar 2015

Examinations are provisionally scheduled to take place between late April to early June annually. These will not be confirmed until you have received your finalised timetable from the examinations office (usually at the end of March).


Three-hour 15-minute paper for each module. Closed book examinations operate for all modules.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 honours degree

Overseas applicants will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (IELTS).

How to apply

Applications for September 2015 entry are expected to open on 1 October 2014.

Apply online for the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice.

Full guidance notes are provided during the online application process.

If you are unable to access the online form or would prefer to submit a paper application, please contact the Admissions team by email on The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form.

Contact us

For further information contact:
Sharon Watson
MSc & Certificate Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8098

Eleanor Merrett, UK

Eleanor Merrett, UK

Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice 2010-11

Trade Mark Assistant, London

“The route to qualifying as a Trade Mark Attorney has recently changed and the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary is now the first step towards a formal qualification. I was part of the first group of students to take the certificate course at Queen Mary. The course is part-time so that students can work at the same time as studying, with the idea being that students gain practical skills in the office at the same time as gaining the necessary legal knowledge at Queen Mary. I had been working in private practice for about a year before embarking on the course. The lectures set out all of the areas of law necessary for practice in detail, including an overview of English law, copyright and designs as well as detailed coverage of trade mark law. The course was run by a mixture of academics and practitioners which was useful as it helped to put the subject matter into context and gave an idea of how the law fits in with day-to-day practice. The classes were relatively small so there was always an opportunity to ask questions or discuss particularly topical issues in greater detail. It was a challenge to balance a full-time job with a demanding course, but I feel that the knowledge I have gained from the course will stand me in good stead for my future career. The next step for me is to complete the practice course run by Nottingham Law School and gain the necessary professional experience to qualify. I currently work as a trade mark assistant in London.”

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