What Can I Trademark?

What Can I Trademark?

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Trademarks are the best way to protect words, phrases, and logos, in most countries.

Trademarks are registered on a country by country basis, except in Europe where you may register a EU Community trademark or a trademark in one or more EU countries. There is no such thing as a global trademark, but there is a way to file a single trademark application and obtain a registration in multiple countries that you select using the Madrid protocol. Canada doesn’t participate in the Madrid protocol.

In Canada, you may register a trademark to protect the following types of marks:

  • A word,
  • A phrase,
  • A logo,
  • A colour or collage of colours, and
  • Sounds,

if the mark is used to identify the source of a product or service.


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.
http://ca.linkedin.com/in/davidtmichaels/

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