Telephone & Radio Communication Compliance with Paragraph 30(a)

Publication Date: 1999-04-14

The services "telephone communication" and "radio communication" are no longer considered sufficiently specific to meet the requirement of paragraph 30(a) of the Trade-marks Act; that an application for the registration of a trademark contain a statement in ordinary commercial terms of the specific goods or services in association with which the mark has been or is proposed to be used.

Therefore, effective immediately, the Trademarks Office will, for the purposes of paragraph 30(a), require these services to be specified in greater detail. By way of example, the following would be considered acceptable: "telephone communication services" namely telephone installation and repair, telephone calling card services, monitoring telephone calls from subscribers and notifying emergency facilities, telephone information service featuring information on a wide variety of topics of general interest to the consuming public, cellular telephone services, telephone shop-at-home services, paging services. By way of example, the following would be considered acceptable: "radio communication services" namely, radio broadcasting, radio programming, paging services, cellular telephone services, wireless facsimile mail services, wireless digital messaging services. This requirement applies to applications presently pending as well as those filed in the future.

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