Description of Dates


Priority Filing Date

Under the terms of the Convention of the Union of Paris, an applicant (or his/her successor in title) who is a member of a country of the Union (any country that is a member of the Union for the Protection of Industrial Property constituted under the Convention, or any WTO Member) may file an application for registration of a mark in Canada, and may claim as the filing date, the date he or she filed an application in or for the Union country for the same or substantially the same mark for use in association with the same kind of goods or services. The Canadian application must be filed within six months of this date (see section 34 of the Trademarks Act).

Date Filed

The date a completed application is officially received and filed at the Trademarks Office.

Date Formalized

The date on which the application is made available for public inspection.

Date Advertised

For trademarks, the advertised date is the date on which a trademark is advertised in the Trademarks Journal. For Section 9 marks, the advertised date is the date public notice was given in the Trademarks Journal. For plant variety denominations, the advertisement date is the date on which the denomination was published in the Plant Varieties Journal of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For geographical indications, the advertisement date is the date on which they were published either in the Canada Gazette or on the website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Date Registered

For trademarks, the date registered is the date on which a trademark is registered. For plant variety denominations, the date registered is the date on which the Canadian Food Inspection Agency granted protection for the denomination. For geographical indications, the date registered is the date on which they have been entered on the list, and the date registered for Royal Canadian Legion marks is the date on which protection was granted pursuant to an Act respecting the Royal Canadian Legion.

Date Inactivated

The date on which the trademark was no longer in good standing with the Office. These will include applications that have been abandoned or refused and registrations that have been cancelled or expunged.

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