Region: Canada

CIPO introduces automated pre-assessment in national unexamined trademark applications

Applications will be assessed against a pre-approved list of goods and services, and applicants will be receiving pre-assessment letters informing them of the automated analysis results.

30 May 2022

Marks that are a “place of origin” interpreted broadly by the Federal Court

Following the decision, there is a significant risk that applications for marks containing any reference with geographic significance will now face objection.

28 April 2022

Resetting the clock: changes to Canadian trademark regime you need to know about

The Canadian registries have introduced a number of changes in an effort to reduce the current backlog of trademark and patent applications. Dickinson Wright’s Sanjukta Tole and Yuri Chumak assess the new measures and how they will affect IP owners.

18 April 2022

Canada: anti-counterfeiting driven by strong rights holder engagement

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement: Global Guide 2022

The primary responsibility for battling counterfeit products lies with rights holders, which must take steps to protect and enforce their rights through comprehensive licensing arrangements, diligent civil enforcement and the training of and cooperation with law enforcement and customs authorities.

15 April 2022

CIPO introduces automated goods and services; counterfeits rise in Russia; HP seizes millions of fakes – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at fake goods discovered in the Philippines, ICANN responding to the European Commission’s counterfeiting call, and much more.

12 April 2022

Six cases that shaped 2021: Canada year in review

Gowling’s Monique M Couture’s deep dive into six selected cases highlights themes that not only offer an overview of the trademark landscape in Canada, but also provide vital clues on how brand owners can best navigate it

10 February 2022

Canada’s cannabis market: a slow burner or a load of hot air?

Cannabis-related filings have almost halved since their peak three years ago, but the Canadian market could be on the verge of new opportunity.

18 January 2022

Canada filing data reveals significant growth despite delays

Canadian trademark filings are on the up, but the IP office and local agents have their work cut out for them.

12 January 2022

Be careful what you wish for: potential pitfalls in takedown requests

A takedown request with has come back to bite the requesting party when its trademark registration was successfully challenged by the recipient of the request.

10 January 2022


Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

Canada has a robust system of trademark enforcement, with several available causes of action for an aggrieved owner.

20 December 2021

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