Canadian Trade-mark Office Practice Changes

Canada’s Trade-mark Office (TMO) recently announced two changes to its practices, effective June 17, 2009 .

The first change is that the the TMO has stopped sending courtesy letters to applicants informing them of co-pending and confusing applications with a later filing or priority filing date. This means that applicants and registrants (who were also notified of such co-pending and confusing applications in the past) should be more vigilant in policing their trade-mark applications and registrations against  such applications.

The second change is that applicants now have six (6) months to fully respond to trade-mark examination reports. Previously, applicants had four (4) months to respond.  Failure to respond within the 6 month period may result in the application’s abandonment.

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