Why Register a Trademark in Canada
- It gives you exclusive rights to use the trademark across Canada for 10 years (and you can renew that indefinitely)
- It stops others from using a confusingly similar trademark
- It allows you to flag infringements by others
- Provides brand protection
- Registered trademarks have been shown to, on average, raise firm profitability by 1.7% and firm value by 11.9%
- Promotes business growth
- An effective tool for brand recognition, social media, and marketing
Intellectual Property Roadmap
Steps to register your trademark in Canada
A complete application must include the following:
- Your name and address
- Your trademark
- The goods or services associated with the trademark
- The government application fee
If your application meets all the requirements the CIPO will assign you a filing date, application number and open a file.
An examiner reviews your application to determine if it is registerable and therefore able to be published in the Trademark Journal.
If your application is approved the CIPO will send you a formal notice of approval.
If your application is refused the CIPO will send you a detailed report explaining why. You have the right to appeal to the Federal Court of Canada.
Approved applications will now be published in the Trademark Journal on the CIPO website. This will give others a chance to oppose your application.
If there is no opposition to your application, or if an opposition is rejected, your application will proceed to registration. The CIPO will send you a certificate of registration and enter the trademark in the Register of Trademarks.
To maintain your registration, you will have to pay a renewal fee every 10 years.
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