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Nice-ly done: CIPO now accepting voluntary classification of goods and services

Posted by Kwan Loh on September 30th, 2015

Following our post from July 2015, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) is now accepting trade-mark applications filed with goods and services classified using the Nice Classification system.  As part of this process, CIPO has also updated the online Canadian trade-marks database, such that “Nice classification” is now a possible search field.  In addition, the Canadian Goods [...]

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Playing Nice: CIPO to accept applications with Nice Classifications this fall

Posted by Kwan Loh on July 1st, 2015

In a milestone step towards harmonization of Canada’s trade-mark regime with most other developed countries, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced yesterday that starting this fall, it will accept trade-mark applications filed with goods and services classified using the Nice Classification system. According to CIPO’s announcement, there will be changes to its website to [...]

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C’est vrai: Québec government to continue seeking use of French on store signage

Posted by Kwan Loh on June 25th, 2015

The Canadian media, including the CBC, is reporting that the Québec government intends to continue its fight to require the use of French on signage where trade-marks and business names are otherwise displayed in English. This is the latest development in a dispute that has gone on for a number of years.  As previously discussed [...]

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