Major Changes to Canadian Trademark Law happened when Canada updated its Trademarks Act effective June 19, 2014.
Some of the minor changes are:
- Trade-mark became trademark;
- Wares became goods;
Some of the major changes are:
- A mark becomes a sign, which is far more expansive;
- The concept of a “proposed trade-mark” is gone!
- The definition of a “distinguishing guise” is gone!
- The length of a trademark registration is reduced to 10 years from 15 years;
Here is a line by line listing of the June 19, 2014 changes:
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