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Certificate in Trade Mark Law

Start Date
Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 6:00 PM
2,500-word written assignment.
Delivery Method
Lectures released on Tuesdays with interactive Saturday workshops. Available to view on-demand.
CPD Hours
The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Claire O'Mahony, Solicitor, Course Leader: C.OMahony@LawSociety.ie
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Solicitors and Trainees

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Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. A completed application form (see below)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €100 bringing the total course fee to €1,750. No fees are required prior to approval.


Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content. 

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An in-depth understanding of the legal issues pertaining to trade mark law;
  • An ability to apply for registration of trade marks at the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, EUIPO and WIPO;
  • A detailed knowledge of examination, publication, oppositions procedures;
  • The skills to manage a trade mark portfolio in practice;
  • The ability to take an action for infringement of a registered/unregistered trade mark;
  • A very sound basis for preparing for the registered trade mark agent exam offered by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland

Programme structure and approach to learning

This programme gives participants an insight into the law and practice of trade marks. It provides a practical approach to trade mark law that equips participants with the necessary skills to deal with issues that arise in practice. Regulation 2015/2424 (the CTM Regulation) came into force in March 2016 and represents a substantive change to the EU trade mark regime. This legislation will be examined in detail, with the practical impact of the changes explored throughout each module of the course. 

The course focuses on the legal principles and practical procedures for registering a trade mark at the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), as well as how to deal with objections and oppositions. In addition, we examine the process of managing a trade mark portfolio and dealing with revocation, invalidity, and recordals. 

The course also provides a detailed analysis of applicable procedures for enforcement of trade mark rights, infringement, and passing-off, together with an examination of applicable defences. Finally, a module on advanced trade marks will guide students through the topical areas of online infringement, web-blocking orders, domain name infringement, and plain packaging legislation. It also covers the topic of design law as this is now examined on the Registered Trade mark Agent exam offered by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland.  


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to trade marks

  • The concept of a trade mark,
  • Benefits of registration,
  • Types of trade marks,
  • PGIs, collective, certification, non-conventional,
  • Filing systems.

Module 2: Community Trade mark Regulation

  • Regulation 2015/2424 (23 March 2016),
  • Main changes,
  • Practical impact. 

Module 3: Registering trade marks

  • Pre-filing considerations, searches and parameters,
  • Classification of trade marks (Nice, Vienna),
  • Application to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland,
  • Application to EUIPO,
  • Application to WIPO,
  • Formality and maintenance procedures.

Module 4: Trade mark registrability

  • Refusal on absolute grounds,
  • Acquired distinctiveness,
  • Refusal on relative grounds,
  • Official objections,
  • Overcoming objections and refusals.

Module 5: Publication and oppositions

  • Publication and its significance,
  • Observations, differences at IPO, EUIPO, WIPO,
  • Oppositions practice and procedure,
  • Irish v EUIPO approach to oppositions,
  • Appeals,
  • Registration.

Module 6: Revocation and invalidity

  • Trade mark use, including genuine use,
  • Revocation, applicable grounds,
  • Acquiescence and coexistence,
  • Invalidity practice and procedure,
  • Appeals.

Module 7: Infringement of trade marks

  • Types of infringement,
  • Defences,
  • Remedies,
  • Passing-off,
  • Litigation. 

Module 8: Registrable transactions

  • Assignments,
  • Licences,
  • Security interests,
  • Agreements, recording transactions.

Module 9: Advanced trade marks

  • Comparative advertising,
  • Exhaustion of rights/parallel imports,
  • Anti-counterfeiting,
  • Online infringement/web-blocking orders,
  • Domain name infringement, UDPR,
  • Plain packaging legislation. 

Module 10: Design Law

  • An introduction to design law in Ireland and the EU,
  • Unregistered and registered designs,
  • Infringement and remedies.


Workshops are interactive and focus on analysing selected case studies to consolidate the student’s knowledge. There is a key emphasis on a practical approach to the case studies. The final workshop will act as a revision of the core issues and as preparation for the Irish trade mark agent exam. 

Workshops take place on three Saturdays throughout the course. 


2,500-word written assignment.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following: 

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who are working in the area of intellectual property or aspire to work in the area,
  • Professionals working in intellectual property firms and to those managing intellectual property portfolios in industry,
  • Sole traders and entrepreneurs.  

The programme may also be of interest to those preparing for the Irish trade mark agent exam, which is offered by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland. The Irish trade mark agent exam is set by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, and there is a separate fee payable to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland in order to sit that exam. 

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.


Lecturers and tutors will consist of solicitors, barristers, and intellectual property practitioners, all of whom are registered trade mark agents and European trade mark attorneys and who will provide in-depth analysis and practical advice. 

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Colette Brady, William Fry
  • Mary Bleahene, FR Kelly
  • Maureen Daly, Beauchamps Solicitors
  • Glen Gibbons BL
  • Niamh Hall, FRKelly
  • Robin Hayes, Whitney Moore Solicitors
  • Helen Johnson BL
  • Gerard Kelly, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Judy McCullagh, Tomkins
  • Patricia McGovern, DFMG Solicitors
  • Elaine McGrath, Reddy Charlton
  • Kate McKenna, Legal Counsel, Frontline Ventures
  • Claire O’Mahony, Law Society of Ireland
  • Carol Plunkett, Consultant
  • Shane Smyth, FRKelly.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. Please note that the limit for e-learning has been removed for the 2021 CPD cycle. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet. 

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2021. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year. 


Claire O'Mahony, Solicitor, Course Leader: C.OMahony@LawSociety.ie

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

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