TRADEMARKS - Canada's long-awaited amendments to the Trademark Act


Canada’s long-waited amendments to the Trademarks Act will enter into force on June 17, 2019.


The most significant changes are:


  • Introduction of a fee per class for new multi-class applications and renewals;
  • Reduction of the term of registration from 15 years to 10 years;
  • Formal accession of Canada to the Madrid Protocol for International Trademarks.


Take action – before June 17, 2019 – and save money :


  • Renew your Canadian trademark registration before June 17, 2019*;
  • File new multi-class applications and benefit from the current low fee structure;
  • File Declaration of Use (if your trademark is already in use for all claimed goods and/or services) and push your application to registration in order to have a 15 years registration term (instead of 10 years).


*there is no limit on how far in advance you need to renew a registration, so we strongly advise you to renew – before June 17, 2019 ALL your Canadian trademark registrations. Further we recommend classifying the goods and services at the same time, as classification will be required in the future.


Option after June 17, 2019 :


Choice between a 

National application in Canada

 or an 

International registration (IR) designating Canada (CA).




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