Save Before Canada Gets “Nice and Classy” with its Fees: file and renew early!

As we have reported previously, the Canadian Trade-marks Act is set to undergo significant changes as of June 17, 2019. As Canada is finally adhering to the Nice Classification system, one of the most significant changes that trademark owners will notice is that government fees for filing and renewal will go up – significantly for some! – for multi-class applications and registrations: currently CAD $250, filing fees for an application covering a single class will increase to CAD $330, with fees of CAD $100 for each additional class currently CAD $350, renewal fees for a renewal covering a single class will increase to CAD $400, with fees of CAD $125 for each additional class In view of these imminent changes, we are strongly recommending that trademark owners review their current portfolios in Canada and consider both: Filing multi-class applications now to avoid additional filing fees As Canada is also eliminating the requirement to use a mark anywhere in the…

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