Adherence to the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Release date: January 24, 2019 – Gatineau – Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is making progress towards modernizing Canada's intellectual property (IP) framework. Regarding Trademarks, CIPO will be adhering to the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement. Work is well underway in Canada to become a signatory to these agreements. We have updated the Trade-marks Act to allow Canada's accession to these treaties and the amended Trademarks Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette (Part II). As a result, changes are being made to the Trademark IT systems and the ST.96 data structure to ensure compliance with the Legislation and Regulations. The Legislation and Regulations will come into force on June 17, 2019.

The following trademark legislative elements will be added to the Canadian trademarks collection. Details of the changes can be found in the attached Release Notes and Data Dictionary.

Legislative updates

National updates

Supporting documents and samples

Visit our Trademarks product page for release notes, data dictionary, and other resources.

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