Changes to Canadian Trademark Law – Now in Effect

In preparation for Canada’s adherence to the Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty (together, the main system for registering trademarks in multiple jurisdictions), substantial amendments to the Trademarks Act were passed into law in June 2014. The new regime has now officially come into force, along with new supporting regulations and practice notices, as of June 17, 2019.

Below is a list of downloads and resources that we have made available to better understand these recent changes, and how they may affect brand owners and rights holders.

On-Demand Webinar

Changes coming to Canadian Trademark Law – Recommendations for Brand Owners to Successfully Navigate the Changes: 

On February 27, 2019, Ridout & Maybee LLP hosted a comprehensive one-hour webinar plus Q&A session detailing the upcoming changes to Canadian trademark legislation. The webinar included:

  • An overview of important changes:
    • Joining the Madrid Protocol
    • Implementing Nice Classification
    • Elimination of use requirement
    • Changes to fees
  • Immediate issues to consider – how they may affect you
  • Recommended steps for brand owners to take before the changes come into force on June 17, 2019
  • Recommendations for Canadian and Global Brand Protection and Enforcement

To view a recording of the February 27, 2019 webinar on these topics, please click here to launch the webinar interface.

Key Takeaways & Actions to Take – PDF Download

In light of the recent changes to Canadian trademark law, we have prepared a page of key takeaways, which include our immediate suggestions and actions to take for brand owners and rights holders.

Click to download our valuable Key Takeaways PDF

Important Updates & Information

Modernization of Canada’s Trademarks Laws and Regulations Accelerating – Overview

We have prepared a blog post detailing the significant changes and our recommendations to navigate those changes. Click here to view the blog post, authored by Elliott Gold, Janet Fuhrer (former partner) and Joanna Pitkin.

CIPO Announces Interruption of Online Services in Advance of Legislation Change Date

In order to prepare for the coming into force of the sweeping changes to trademarks law and practice on June 17, 2019, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that a number of online services will be unavailable from Thursday, June 13, 2019. Click here to view the full blog post.

Global Trademark Protection and Enforcement

The globalization of business may make the world seem smaller but it makes your brand potential much greater. This article provides some issues to consider in order to realize the value of your brand on a global scale. Click here to read the full post.

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