Canada to join International Trade Mark System

11/04/2019

Note to trade mark owners with business interests in Canada.

From June 19 2019, the process of securing registered trade mark rights in Canada will be streamlined and more economical with Canada set to join over 100 other countries as members of the Madrid Protocol. This international treaty allows a trade mark owner to file a single trade mark application, designating one or more member countries. An International application is often the preferred option compared to filing separate applications in each country of interest. A full list of current members of the Madrid Protocol can be found here: 

https://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/treaties/en/documents/pdf/madrid_marks.pdf

If you are considering securing registered trade mark rights in Canada then get in touch to see how these changes impact you.