Trademarks: Canada

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention
Classification : None

What is Registrable : Trademarks, Service Marks & Certification Marks.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes
Examination : Yes – formal & Substantive
Publication : Yes – in the Trademark Journal
Opposition : Yes – within 2 months as of publication date
Time Frame for Registration : 2-3 Years
Registration Term : 15 Years as of Registration Date
Renewal Term : 15 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 Months as of expiration date

Use Requirement for filing : A trade mark is not required to be used at the time of 
filing the application in Canada. A Canadian trade mark application may be based on proposed use and/or use. However, before registration may be obtained, the applicant must commence use of the mark in Canada. If the application is based on use, the date of first use in Canada is required.

Cancellation : A Canadian trade mark registration may be subject to cancellation proceedings (Section 45) three years from the date of registration, if the registrant is unable to show use of the mark or to provide reasons for non-use of the mark.

Marking Requirements : None

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? Yes
Can pending applications be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? No
Can pending application be Licensed ? Yes

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. The name and address of the applicant. 
  2. The trade mark or a copy of the design logo. 
  3. A list of the wares and services for which registration is sought. 
  4. The basis of the application – proposed use and/or use, etc. 
  5. If the application is based on use, the date of first use in Canada.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

There are no documents required in order to affect renewals of a trade mark in Canada, merely the payment of the prescribed renewal fee.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

Filing a copy of the assignment document together with the prescribed government fees.

License Recordal Requirements

A copy of the License Agreement.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

Filing a copy of the change of name document together with the prescribed government fees.


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