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Monday, 7 July 2014

Canada - finally joining "Nice" ...

Some exciting news from Canada... well, if you are a trade mark geek enthusiast that is.

The Canadian government recently introduced what appears to be a rather impressive change to the Canadian Trademarks Act (or should it still state "trade-mark"); see here for the underlying bill.  The changes appear to include the - long awaited? - adoption of the Nice Classification system for Canadian trade marks and a shorter renewal term of 10 years rather than the current 15 years.

When will it all happen?  There are appear to be different views: most likely this autumn (2014) but the connected implenting regulations relating to the Madrid Protocol may only "happen" in 2015.  A bit more on the can be found on the website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Canada intends to accede to no less than 3 international treaties - the Nice Agreement, the Madrid Protocol and the Singapore Treaty - courtesy of the Budget Implementation Act which received royal assent on 19 June 2014. Next step is consultation on amendments to the trade mark regulations and anticipated IT changes - no actual changes have been introduced to Canadian trademark law as yet. I cannot see that proposed adoption of the Nice Agreement is long-awaited but it will nevertheless be welcome.
The reduced term of registration (10 years) is to bring this in line with the general position internationally. Finally, please take a look at (the errors in) the second paragraph of your post.

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