The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently launched a new consultation on possible Canadian accession to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the Madrid Protocol) and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (the Singapore Treaty).
This is not the first time CIPO has looked at the issue of Canada acceding to the Madrid Protocol. Five years ago a similar consultation took place. In response to a request for input, CIPO received feedback from the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and from the International Trademark Association, though no further action was taken by CIPO at that time.
According to CIPO’s backgrounder to the current consultation, the intervening five years have seen important trading partners such as the United States join both the Madrid Protocol and the Singapore Treaty. As a result, according to CIPO, Canada is increasingly seen as isolated in its trademark laws and practices. Read more