2019 was a year to remember in Canadian trademark law primarily because, after a delay of five years, Canada finally implemented the amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act introduced in 2014.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) recently amended three Practice Notices and a Guidance Document related to applications and registrations for trademarks in Canada. These amendments provide:
In general parlance the terms “copyright”, “trademark”, and “patent” are often incorrectly interchanged, much to the chagrin of IP practitioners. While all three types of IP are very different, they are inextricably linked in many cases.