IP roadmap – Your path to trademark registration
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1 – Filing (applicant)
- $250 online
- $300 paper
You can start the application process by filing your application with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), online, by mail or fax.
A complete application must include:
- Your name and address
- Your trademark
- The goods or services associated with the trademark
- A statement of use or intent of use
- The filing 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 report explaining why.
7 – Advertisement (CIPO)
If CIPO approves your application, it will be published in the Trade-marks Journal.
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 – Allowance (CIPO)
If there is no opposition to your application, or if an opposition is rejected, your application will be allowed.
9 – Notice of allowance (CIPO)
Registration fee: $200
CIPO will send you a notice of allowance and ask you to pay the registration fee.
If your application was based on intended use, you must also send in a declaration stating that use of the trademark has commenced.
Need more time?
If your application was based on "proposed use", you may request an extension of time to file a declaration of use.
10 – Registration (applicant)
Once your registration fee has been paid, and you have filed the declaration of use, if required, your trademark will become registered.
11 – Certificate of registration is issued (CIPO)
When the registration process is completed, CIPO will issue you the official certificate of registration.
12 – Renewal (applicant)Fee:
- $350 online
- $400 paper
To maintain your registration, you will have to pay a renewal fee every 15 years.
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