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Executive Summaries May 3, 2019

Trademarks in Canada: What You Need To Do Before June 17 To Save Costs

The Canadian Trademarks Act has been amended to modernize its trademark regime.  These are the most significant changes to this legislation in over 50 years. 

Among the amendments that will enter into force on June 17, 2019, are new official fees for filing applications and renewing existing registrations.  In most cases, there is a significant increase in the official filing fees.  

Existing Canadian registrations can be renewed at a lower cost by acting before June 17, 2019.  Similarly, it is worth filing applications for registration covering several classes of goods and services before this date to avoid additional official filing fees.

It is thus recommended to act sooner rather than later.  A lot has been said and written, but let’s make it clear and easy to refer to.  

Current and Future Official Filing and Registration Fees

Below you will find a table outlining what are the current and future official trademark filing and registration fees in Canada:

In light of the above, it is worth filing multi-class applications in Canada before June 17, 2019 to avoid additional official filing fees.

Current and Future Official Renewal Fees and Renewal Term

Below you will find a table outlining what are the current and future official trademark renewal fees and renewal term in Canada:

Likewise, it is worth renewing Canadian multi-class registrations before June 17, 2019 to avoid additional official renewal fees.  The renewal request must however have been dealt with by CIPO before June 17, 2019.  Acting sooner than later is therefore recommended.

Navigating across the numerous significant amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act which will come into force in June next may not be the easiest thing.  Our team will be pleased to assist you establishing the most efficient trademark protection strategy for Canada.

Get Informed Before June 17

For further information on the amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act, join us on May 8, 2019 for a presentation given by Johanne Auger in Québec City or on May 9, 2019 for a presentation (in French) given by Frédéric Dionne and Johanne Auger in Montreal.

Register for the Québec City session Register for the Montreal session