Apply for trademarks before the law changes

Canada has made significant changes to the Trademarks Act, mostly to make it more consistent with international practice. It was just announced that the changes will take effect June 17, 2019. Anyone considering applying for a trademark might think about filing before then. What is the issue? On June 17, 2019 the trademark application process will undergo significant changes. The changes include: Not having to state first use dates or declare actual use Registration term reduced from 15 years to 10 Adoption of the class system and a class based fee structure Proof of distinctiveness needed for some types of marks Why does it matter? CIPO fees are now $450 per application no matter how many classes of goods and services are listed. The new fees will be $330 for the first class, plus $100 for each additional class. So any more than 2 classes will cost more. It is not unusual, depending on the nature of the goods and services, and whether promotional items are included (eg if you…

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