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Canada: Amendments to Trademark Laws to be in Force on June 17, 2019

On November 14, 2018, the new Trademark Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette Part II, which set forth Canada’s new trademark regime which is scheduled to enter into force on June 17, 2019.

These amendments impact all aspects of trademark selection, filing procedures, oppositions, registration and enforcement. Some of the important changes include:

– Expansion of non-traditional marks
– Declarations of use no longer be required at the time of application
– Goods and services must be classified according to the Nice Agreement
– Introduction of a class-based fee structure
– Priority claims can be asserted from any prior application
– Ability to divide applications and registrations
– Reduction of term of protection from 15 years to 10 years
– Accession to the Madrid Protocol
– The new distinctiveness examination criteria will apply to all pending applications

Source: www.bereskinparr.com