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How to Register a Trademark in Canada – Part Two

Part 1 of this series addresses the preliminaries of entitlement to registration and the requirements for filing a trademark application with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Part 1 can […]

How to Register a Trademark in Canada – Part One

This article is part one of a series intended to discuss the process of registering a trademark in Canada.

On first principle, Canada is a “first to use” jurisdiction.

Although the first […]

CIPO Targets Timeliness and Efficiency in Trademark Applications

In an effort to accelerate the processing of trademark applications, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced sweeping changes to its examination system.

The truth is that backlog has plagued […]

Expedited Trademark Examination Now Available in Canada

Effective May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications.

Within recent years, CIPO’s turnaround time for examining new trademark applications has […]

All’s NOT Well in Fun and Games

Section 22 of the Canadian Trademarks Act – Depreciation of Goodwill, is fast becoming a popular mechanism for established brand owners in Canada seeking to protect their trademarks from dilution. […]

The Most Common Trademark Mistakes Made by New Product Entrepreneurs

I recently participated on a panel discussion about what it takes to bring a product to market. I want to share with you some of the product trademark insights that […]

Transformation of Madrid Protocol Applications into Canadian Trademark Applications

What happens to your Madrid Protocol trademark application if your home country trademark application is rejected?

Let’s backtrack a bit.

The international procedure under the Madrid Protocol (the Protocol) begins with a […]

CIPO WILL CALL YOU – Telephone Amendment Practice in Canadian Trademark Prosecution

In the interest of timeliness and efficacy, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) allows for certain amendments to pending trademark applications to be initiated by way of a simple telephone […]

Extensions of Time in Canadian Trademark Applications

Extensions of time in Canadian trademark prosecution are exceptional. The seemingly limitless ability to secure extensions in trademark examination is simply a thing of the past. Foreign counsel and domestic […]

One “McMortgage” Coming Up………Or Not!

The Canadian Trademarks Opposition Board (the “TMOB”) has officially declared that a claim of depreciation of goodwill, can serve as a valid ground of opposition in trademark opposition proceedings.

On October […]

Madrid Protocol Trademark Applications: Foreign Trademark Counsel (and Applicants) Should Always Be In The Know!

Canada’s accession to the Madrid Protocol became effective on June 17, 2019. Since then, it has become a popular means of securing trademark protection in Canada.

The Madrid Protocol offers businesses […]

Use it or Lose it … Federal Court of Appeal Provides Clarity on What Constitutes Trademark “Use” for Services on the Internet

Use is a fundamental concept in Canadian trademark jurisprudence. The Canadian Trademarks Act (the “Act”) confers priority rights to the first user of a trademark and codifies the common law […]

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