Title: The Countdown is on! Changes to Canadian Trademark Law Coming June 2019
Authors: Amalia Berg, Ronnie Hoffer and Jaclyn Seidman
Firm: Goodmans LLP
Significant changes are underway to Canadian trademark law and practice this year with an overhaul to legislation taking effect on June 17, 2019. Canada will accede to the Madrid Protocol, Nice Classification and Singapore Treaty, and there will be significant amendments to its Trademarks Act. These changes will impact filing, prosecution and maintenance, as well as trademark enforcement. Brand owners are advised to review their trademark portfolios and protection strategy in Canada in light of these developments. In particular, there might be significant cost savings to filing or renewing marks before the changes come into force.