By now you have probably heard that Canada’s trademark regime is changing, bringing about dramatic amendments to our law, regulations and practice. These long-awaited changes will have a significant impact on brand owners in terms of both strategy and costs.
Some of the most notable changes include: introduction of a fee per class structure for new multi-class applications and renewals; reduction in the term of registration from 15 years down to 10 years; and the abolishment of filing grounds and declarations of use, among others.
The changes come into force soon – on June 17th – and brand owners can benefit from taking early action now to mitigate risk and save money on their Canadian trademarks. To help you get started, we have prepared a handy four-point action list of “Things to do now ahead of Canada’s new trademark law”.
In case you missed it (ICYMI)
Read our two-part series from partner Philip Lapin outlining the Trademark amendments and important strategies to consider before the law changes, including tips that could save you and your clients time and money, now and in the future.
TM Changes pt 1
TM Changes pt 2
For further information, on the upcoming changes, please contact a member of our Trademarks & Brand Protection group.
The preceding is intended as a timely update on Canadian intellectual property and technology law. The content is informational only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. To obtain such advice, please communicate with our offices directly.