Canada has made significant changes to the Trademarks Act, mostly to make it more consistent with international practice. Anyone considering applying for a trademark might want to file before the new rules come into force.
What is the issue?
In early 2019 the trademark application process will undergo significant changes. The changes include:
- Not having to state first use dates or declare actual use
- Registration term reduced from the current 15 years to 10
- Adoption of the class system and a class based fee structure
- Proof of distinctiveness needed for some types of marks
Why does it matter?
CIPO fees . . . [more]