Major changes to the Trademarks Act in Canada

Major changes to the Trademarks Act are coming into force on June 17, 2019, namely:

- applicants and registrants will have to classify their goods/services according to the Nice Classification System
- the government filing fees will vary in relation to the number of classes
- no use information will be required; as of June 17, 2019, all pending allowed applications can proceed to registration simply by paying the registration fee; applicants will no longer be required to file a Declaration of Use
- the term of registration will be reduced from 15 years to 10 years. The renewal term for existing registrations expiring after June 17, 2019, will be 10 years
- Canada will become a participant in the Madrid Protocol and could then be designated in an International trademark

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