The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced that as of March 17, 2019, Canada has formally acceded to the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement. All three of these treaties will come into force in Canada on June 17, 2019.
According to CIPO “As of that date, trademark owners in Canada will be able to apply for trademark protection in more than 100 jurisdictions through a single application, in one language, with one set of fees and in one currency.”
June 17, 2019 will also be the coming into force date for numerous other significant changes to Canadian trademark practice. Please see our recent post which explains some of the most important changes. These are exciting times for trademark owners and their legal Counsel in Canada!