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Trade mark trolls arrive in Canada

Ellie Mertens, New York

IP practitioners describe a “Wild West” trade mark situation in Canada ahead of the elimination of the use requirement. The number of “all-class” applications is soaring

As part of the amendments to the Trademarks Act to be enacted on February 1 2019, the use requirement will be eliminated entirely. This appears to be encouraging trade mark trolls.

Canada will be adopting the Nice classification system, with...

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