Canadian Trademark Legislative Changes

Canadian Trademark Legislative Changes

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CIPO is making progress to modernize Canada’s intellectual property (IP) framework.

The following is an overview of the trademarks legislative work that is underway to help Canada better align itself with international best practices. Take a look at the Update to the trademarks online tools page to see which applications and forms will be adapted to better implement these changes.

Summary Canadian Trademark Legislative Changes:

Canadian Trademarks legislative changes

Participation in the international treaties will modernize Canada’s IP systems to better align with international best practices, reduce the administrative burden for innovative Canadian businesses, and draw foreign investment to Canada. It will also allow Canada to take part in discussions and influence matters related to IP on the international stage.

Three different bills with trademarks components received Royal Assent: Bill C-8, Bill C-31 (which includes accession to the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol) and Bill C-59.  These amendments are all reflected in the modernized Trade-marks Act.

Important to know

To bring these new laws into force, we are in the process of reviewing our business procedures, office practices, policies, and informational contents. We are also working on adapting technologies such as web applications and databases and updating the Trademarks Regulations.

Read more at CIPO’s website

David Michaels

David Michaels, J.D., B.Eng., CHRM is a trained attorney who holds certificates in Canadian Trademark Law (2012) and Canadian Patent Law (1996) from McGill University. He has worked in the area of trademark law in Canada since 1995 and in the USA since 1993.

David is a legal blogger, brand consultant, an eCommerce entrepreneur, and an aeronautical engineer.

Warning & Disclaimer: The pages, articles and comments on do not constitute legal advice, nor do they create any attorney-client relationship. The articles published express the author’s notes of the current state of trademark law and should not be attributed as opinions of the author, his employer, clients or the sponsors of The author does not warrant that these notes are up-to-date. Trademark law is constantly changing and it varies between jurisdictions and even within jurisdictions. This website should not be relied upon.

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