Upcoming Consultation on Trade-mark Non-use Summary Cancellation Proceedings

The Canadian Trade-marks Office announced an upcoming consultation on procedural changes to non-use summary cancellation proceedings. Such proceedings are colloquially called Section 45 proceedings, as those proceedings arise under section 45 of Canada’s Trade-marks Act.

According to the Trade-marks Office’s announcement, the practice changes will include:

  • issuing final decisions in limited cases directly following the filing of evidence;
  • changes in granting of extensions to complete specific steps in Section 45 proceedings.

Watch this space for details on the proposed practice changes when announced.

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