Nice Classification for Canadian Trademarks

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. By grouping the goods and services early, you will be accelerating the registration and renewal process, once Bill C-31 comes into force.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming changes to trademark tools and services at CIPO.

David Michaels

David Michaels, J.D., B.Eng., CHRM is a legal blogger (and 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 brand consultant, a writer, 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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