What is a trade-name? A “trade-name” means the name under which any business is carried on, whether or not it is the name of a corporation, a partnership or an individual;  Trade-marks Act, R.S., 1985, c. T-13, s. 2;  1993, c. 15, s. 57;  1994, c. 47, s. 190;  2014, c. 20, s. 369, c. 32,
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A trademark is a mark that distinctly identifies your business brand, goods, and services. If your trademark is not distinctive, it is usually not registrable. A mark is a word, symbol, or design used to distinguish goods or services of one company from others. Canada still uses the hyphenated spelling for trade-mark for now. Pending
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The Nice Classification for Canadian Trademarks is coming to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) in the fall of 2015. Trademark applicants will have access to a series of electronic trademark tools to help them in classifying their trademark goods and services according to the Nice Classification. CIPO will encourage applicants to file their trademark applications using the Nice Classification.
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