The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

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 (now CITMA) 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.

IPReg Information Bulletin February 2017

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

CPD Training (UK) Limited

Nottingham Law School

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. [Addendum: the NLS Practice Certificate Academic Year 2012/2013 was accredited – earlier courses do not confer this automatic award]
  • Please e mail us if you are planning to attend the NLS 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.


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