The words “force majeure” do not appear in the Canadian Trademarks Act. However, at least three provisions now afford trademark owners and the Registrar of Trademarks some flexibility in addressing the effects of so-called “acts of God” under Canadian law—events beyond a party’s control which make performance of their obligations impossible. The relevant provisions:
On January 17, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") published a new Practice Notice which significantly curtails the availability of extensions of time to respond to Office Actions in trademark examination.
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