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Canadian Government Moves Forward in Overhaul of Trademark System

On October 2, 2014, the federal gov't took two new steps to implement its ambitious plans to overhall our legal system for protecting trademarks in Canada.

First, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released for consultation its first draft of proposed regulations under the Trademarks Act. These regulations will introduce new rules for implementation of the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol which:

  • will include a requirement to assign all the goods and services in all Canadian trademark registrations to one of 45 possible classifications according to an international standard; and
  • will permit Canadian businesses to file trademark applications for registration in other countries through CIPO.

The draft regulations can be reviewed here. The deadline for comments is November 30, 2014.

Second, the gov't quickly passed Bill C-8 through 3rd reading in the house of commons and 1st reading in the senate on the same day. This legislation will introduce new border control measures as well as criminal and civil remedies targeting the sale of counterfeit goods. This legislation was discussed in more detail in our post on August 29, 2014 found here.