The European Community Trademark Reform and What It Means For Canadian Brand Owners

On February 18, 2016, in News, Trademarks, Uncategorized, by Paula Clancy

On December 24, 2015, a new Regulation (EU No. 2015/2424) was published which will bring several significant changes to the Community Trademark system.  The Regulation will come into force on March 23, 2016.  The aim of the Community Trademark Reform is to harmonize the existing national EU trade mark system. What are some of the […]

CIPO Will Accept Applications with NICE Classifications in Fall 2015

On June 30, 2015, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

CIPO has issued a news release indicating that it will begin accepting trademark applications filed with their goods and services grouped and classed according to the Nice Classification later this year.  This international classification standard  was established by the Nice Agreement and is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is not clear […]

Moving Closer to Trademark Law Harmonization – CIPO joins OHIM Database of Goods and Services

On August 30, 2014, in News, Trademark Tips, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

On August 25, 2014, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) joined the European Community Trademark Office (OHIM) database of goods and services,  TMclass.   TMclass is an online tool, with over 60,000 entries in 28 languages, that allows trademark practitioners to verify whether a particular term is acceptable in other national trademark offices.  Canada joins over […]