Upcoming Changes to Canadian Trademark Law
In preparation for Canada’s upcoming 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 federal government recently announced that the new regime will come into force, along with new supporting regulations and practice notices, on June 17, 2019.
Below is a list of downloads and resources that we have made available to better understand these upcoming changes, and how they may affect brand owners and rights holders.
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 upcoming 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.
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 and Joanna Pitkin.