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Canada’s trademark landscape changes


Philip Lapin and Jamie-Lynn Kraft of Smart & Biggar assess developments in the Canadian trademark landscape, including the country’s accession to the Madrid Protocol, changes to the use requirement, amendments to the rules around distinctiveness and the ability to file applications for non-traditional trademarks

More than five years after parliament announced sweeping changes to Canada's Trademarks Act, the amendments are now in force. As of June 17 2019, Canada acceded to the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement and introduced many...


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