Canada Concludes Negotiations on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On January 19, 2016, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

Canada has concluded negotiations with 11 other countries (including Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, and Peru) to create the Trans-Pacific free trade zone (the largest free trade zone in the world).  The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was released on November 5 2015. The TPP Agreement will need to be ratified by Canada before […]

To Renew or Not Renew – Has CIPO Answered the Question?

On December 2, 2014, in News, Trademark Tips, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

Bill C-31, which is expected to come into force in late 2015 or early 2016, will reduce the Canadian trademark registration period from 15 years to 10 years.  As a result, many trademark owners have opted to renew their registrations early in order to take advantage of the current 15 year registration period. CIPO  has […]

Canada Moves Towards Madrid – the Harmonizing of Canada’s Trademark Laws

On April 7, 2014, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

On January 27, 2014, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs tabled five IP treaties in the House of Commons, three of which relate to trademarks, namely: (a) the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”); (b) the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks; and (c) the […]

Canada preparing for Overhaul of Trade-marks Act

On April 1, 2014, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

The Canadian government has tabled the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No.1 (Bill C-31) to bring Canada’s trademark laws in line with the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty.  Among the proposals included in the Bill are: the introduction of the classification system for goods and services established by the Nice Agreement; […]