The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

Rights to conduct Litigation and Advocacy

The Rights to Conduct Litigation and Rights of Audience and Other Reserved Legal Activities Certification Rules 2012 set out the three tiers of litigation and advocacy qualifications available to attorneys.

NOTE: If you held a Trade Mark Advocacy Certificate under the ITMA Trade Mark Litigator and Trade Mark Advocate Certificate Regulations 2009 you were passported to a Higher Courts Litigator qualification and NOT a Higher Courts Advocate qualification.

Here is a Guidance Note about the rights granted.

Courses accredited for the “basic” litigation qualification are offered by:-

Nottingham Law School

CPD Training (UK) Limited


Please note particularly:

  • Trade Mark Attorneys qualifying after 1st January 2013 via the full Nottingham Law School Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice are automatically awarded the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate as we have accredited the Litigation Module of the course for this certificate. Please e mail us if you are planning to attend the fast track course so that we can advise you whether you will need to take an accredited litigation course (if you are already a solicitor or barrister or a patent attorney registered before 31st December 2012 it is likely that you will not be required to do so as you already hold the requisite qualification).
  • Courses which lead to a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate or a Higher Courts Advocacy Certificate issued by IPReg are not subject to the CPD cap (“personal study toward professional qualifications”) and can be counted fully.
  • We charge an administration fee of £100 for issue of the Higher Courts Litigation and Higher Courts Advocacy Certificates.


July 2014 – we have published our response to the consultation on the proposed European Patent Litigation Certificate  within our “Consultations” section.