Canada: Changes in trademark law expected in 2019
There are several Canadian trademarks legislative changes upcoming. The exact date was not announced yet, but we expect the new law to come into force in early 2019.
By: Jens Liesegang
The most important changes are:
- elimination of the requirement to use the trademark in Canada prior to registration;
- reduction of the protection period from 15 to 10 years.
- adoption of Nice Classification;
Additionally, the official trademark fees will significantly increase for multi-class applications. See below the comparison between the new fee structure and the current one.
|First class||Each extra class||First class||Each extra class|
|Current fees||CAD 450||CAD 350|
|New fees||CAD 330||CAD 100||CAD 400||CAD 125|
Given that the new law is not yet in force, applicants can still take advantage of the current rates. If you are interested in registering a trademark in Canada, it is a good idea to file an application as soon as possible. Click here to register trademark in Canada.