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Trademark Prosecution Tips and Traps: Navigating Canada’s Trademark System One Year After the Major Changes
On June 17, 2019, the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark system in over 60 years took effect. At the one-year anniversary of the changes, we are assessing the impact that they have had on Canadian trademark practice. We will provide some practical tips and also identify some traps in dealing with the altered trademark landscape, in this case, as it relates to prosecution and maintenance.
The Scent of a Crayon: Unique Complications with Scent and Other Non-Traditional Trademarks in Canada
A distinctive scent may even enable consumers to identify a particular brand. Such scents can now be the subject of trademark registrations in Canada.
Follow the Rules! Recent Changes to Canada’s Patent Procedures
On October 30, 2019, Canada’s Patent Rules were amended to implement changes that were made to the Patent Act. A number of these amendments require applicants to modify their approach to filing and prosecuting patent applications in Canada. Some of the more important changes are summarized here along with recommended strategies to avoid potential pitfalls.
COVID-19 Update: Canadian Intellectual Property Office deadlines extended until July 6, 2020
CIPO deadlines have been extended to July 6, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more, please click the title above.