IP roadmap – Your path to trademark registration

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1 – Filing (applicant)

Fee

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:

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.

or

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.

Opposition

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

To maintain your registration, you will have to pay a renewal fee every 10 years.

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