Royal assent: Changes to the Trade-marks Act


Following a commitment made in the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Canadian government tabled on March 28, 2014, amendments to the Trade-marks Act in the
Budget Implementation Act (BIA) that will allow Canada to accede to three trademark treaties: Madrid Protocol, Singapore Treaty and Nice Agreement. The BIA received royal assent on June 19, 2014. This is a significant milestone in the process to implementing the treaties.

By joining international IP treaties, the Government is delivering on its continuing commitment to modernize Canada's intellectual property regime. Canadian businesses will have access to a trademark regime that is aligned with international best practices, that reduces costs and administrative burden, that facilitates their expansion in foreign markets, and that attracts foreign investment to Canada.

Over the coming months, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will consult on the proposed related changes to the Regulations and continue working towards defining the requirements and functionalities needed to update the IT systems.

Additional information

Specific information about the changes to the Trade-marks Act can be found by consulting Questions and Answers or by contacting Darlene H. Carreau, Chair, Trademarks Opposition Board, at 819-997-2469 or by email at

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