On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published two new Practice Notices aiming to address its unexamined application backlog. There is currently a significant examination backlog consisting of over 161,000 applications having filing dates stretching back to April of 2018. CIPO is receiving new applications at the rate of about 6,000 applications per month, but is only issuing about 4,000 examination reports per month. It is critical to address the backlog to avert a total collapse of the Canadian trademark system.
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January 1, 2021 fee adjustment: On January 1, 2021, the fees for the services outlined below will increase by 2%, in accordance with the Service Fees Act. Note that not all fees are subject to the annual adjustment.
Application for the registration of a trademark;
Statement of opposition;
Application to extend the statement of goods or services;
Request for the giving of one or more notices under subsections 44(1) or 45(1) of the Trademarks Act;
Renewal of a registered trademark;
Issuance of a certificate of registration under item 15 of the Tariff of Fees of the former Trade‑marks Regulations;
Trademark agent qualifying examination;
Request for a name to be entered, maintained or reinstated on the list of trademark agents.
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Effective on May 20, 2020, we are starting a new initiative. You or your appointed agent might get a call from a trademark examiner asking for:Verbal permission to amend your application. A trademark examiner might call to ask for verbal permission to:add missing disclaimers related to the use of a trademarked colour system or the 11-point maple leaf. An electronic revised trademark application. A trademark examiner might call to ask you to send an amended trademark application, if:a registration symbol (example: “TM” or “MC”) needs to be removedtypographical errors need to be correctedthe entire mark is disclaimedpriority claims are not properly linked to an amended statement of goods and servicesthe statement of goods and services is improperly separated by punctuation (example: a displaced semicolon)the Nice Classification is incorrecta colour claim is incomplete
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Canada is all set to release the Madrid e-filing service to its trademark community, on the same day the Madrid System comes into effect.On June 17, 2019, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will be the first in the history of the Madrid Protocol to invite trademark applicants to use Madrid e-filing for their international trademark applications from day one.
The following online services will be unavailable from Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 00:00am EDT to Monday, June 17, 2019 at 06:00am EDT for system upgrades and enhancements:Trademarks e-FilingTrademarks Registration and RenewalFile a Statement of Opposition or Request an Extension of TimeEnter a Name to the List of Trademark Agents;Trademarks DatabaseTrademarks Journal