On 17 June 2019 Canada will become the 104th member of the International trade mark system. As of this date, it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Canada as part of your International trade mark. The change coincides with the introduction of new legislation in Canada which will see a number of significant changes to national applications in Canada including the adoption of the Nice classification and the abolition of the current use requirements. The new legislation in Canada is a welcome change which should make obtaining trade mark protection in Canada more efficient and more cost effective whether this is done through the International system or by filing national applications.
If you would like advice about filing applications in Canada or about changes in Canadian legislation, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to assist you.