How to Become a Registered Trademark Agent

To become a registered trademark agent you must qualify by examination, which is held at least once a year. Those interested in the examination must apply by the deadline published on the web site of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Any person wishing to sit for the qualifying examination must meet the qualifications set out in Rule 18 of the Trade-marks Regulations.

Rule 21 of the Trade-marks Regulations explains how to have your name entered on the list of trademark agents.

The application and prescribed examination fee along with the CIPO Fee Payment Form should be sent either by fax to 819-953-CIPO (2476) or addressed to the:

Registrar of Trademarks
Place du Portage l
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Please note that we accept applications sent by either fax or mail. We will not accept applications received by email.

Please note CIPO's refund policy for the Trademark Agents Qualifying Examination. A candidate for the examination will only be given a refund if the candidate has, subsequent to the time the examination was applied for, received notification that the candidate has passed a previous examination and requests the refund within 30 days of receipt of that notification.

For enquiries relating to the administration of the patent agent and trademark agent examinations, please email

For more information on the Trademark Agent examination process, please consult the Candidate guide to writing the Canadian Trademark Examination.

Previous Exams

Please contact the Data and Document Dissemination Section if you would like to request an exam and marking guide prior to 2010. Please note that on requesting a copy in paper form of a document, the fee is $1.00 plus GST for each page.



For more information, please refer to:

The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada offers courses in preparation for the examination. Inquiries: