JOB OPPORTUNITY: Hearing Officer, Trademarks Opposition Board

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Hearing Officer, Trademarks Opposition Board

The following job opportunity was shared with us by the Trademark Opposition Board. IP Osgoode is not involved in the hiring process, but we hope to reach eligible and interested members of our community.

Position: Hearing Officer, Trademarks Opposition Board

Employer: Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Government of Canada,

Location: 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, QC, K1A 0C9

(flexible but preference for candidates located or able to relocate to the Ottawa-Gatineau area)

Tenure: Full-time or Part-Time

Annual Salary Range: $71,599 to $77,368


Delegated by the Registrar of Trademarks, the Hearing Officer presides over legal proceedings and renders legally binding decisions to enforce and foster compliance with the Trademarks Act and trade agreements (e.g. CETA, CUSMA), and determines whether a party will maintain exclusive and monopolistic commercial trademark rights across Canada by issuing clear and well reasoned decisions appealable to the Federal Court.

Hearing Officers are expected to preside over hearings individually and render decisions on 30 to 40 cases per year as well as prepare and issue correspondence with parties.

Education and Experience


  • A Law degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience
  • Experience in applying legislation, regulations and jurisprudence/legal precedents in writing documents
  • Experience as an adjudicator (presiding hearings and rendering legally binding and final decisions)


  • A law degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution would be considered an asset
  • Experience in trademark prosecution or examination would be considered an asset


  • Effective communication (written & oral)
  • Ability to draft rulings
  • Judgement
  • Analytical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Service excellence
  • Relationship management and collaboration
  • Results orientation

Contact: Martin Béliveau, Chairperson, Trademarks Opposition Board