IP roadmap – Your path to trademark registration
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1 – Filing (applicant)
- Online: $330 for the first Nice class of goods or services, plus $100 for each additional class
- Paper: $430 for the first Nice class of goods or services, plus $100 for each additional class
You can start the application process by filing your application with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) online, by mail or by fax.
A complete application must include the following:
- your name and address
- your trademark
- the goods or services associated with the trademark
- the application fee
2 – Filing date issued (CIPO)
If everything is in order with your application, CIPO assigns a filing date and an application number.
Your application will be entered into the Canadian Trademarks Database.
3 – Examination: checking for registrability (CIPO)
A trademark examiner will review your application to make sure that your trademark is registrable.
4 – Examiner's report (CIPO)
If there are any issues with your application, such as confusion with an existing trademark, the examiner will let you know in their report.
5 – Response (applicant)
You will have the opportunity to respond to any of the examiner's concerns.
6a – Approval (CIPO)
If your application is approved, CIPO will send you a formal notice of approval to let you know.
6b – Refusal (CIPO)
If your application is refused, CIPO will send you a report explaining why.
7 – Advertisement (CIPO)
If CIPO approves your application, it will be published in the Trade-marks Journal on CIPO's website.
This will give others the opportunity to oppose your application.
Fee to oppose an application: $750
If someone opposes your application, the Trademarks Opposition Board will let you know and you will receive a copy of the statement of opposition.
You and the party opposing your application will then have a chance to file evidence and written arguments.
8 – Registration (CIPO)
If there is no opposition to your application, or if an opposition is rejected, your application will proceed to registration.
CIPO will send you a certificate of registration and enter the trademark in the Register of Trademarks.
9 – Renewal (applicant)Fee
- Online: $400 for the first Nice class of goods or services, plus $125 for each additional class
- Paper: $500 for the first Nice class of goods or services, plus $125 for each additional class
To maintain your registration, you will have to pay a renewal fee every 10 years.
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