Not Going Postal

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has announced a rotating postal strike in Canada.   If the Union and Canada Post do not reach an agreement, it is likely that the strike will escalate.  A full strike will mean that mail will not be delivered in Canada, including outgoing correspondence from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”).

While CIPO has a policy to ensure that correspondence may be delivered to CIPO and its designated establishments throughout Canada, it does not have a policy or plans to deal with outgoing correspondence to trademark applicants/owners and their agents.  Consequently, if the postal stike carries on for an extended period there may be some adverse consequences for trademark applicants/owners if they or their agents are not taking alternate or additional steps to monitor applications/registrations for any correspondence issued by CIPO with respect to same during the strike.

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The authors of the Canadian Trademark Blog are all members of the Canadian law firm Clark Wilson LLP, based in Vancouver, Canada. Each author's practice focuses–either in whole or in substantial part–on Canadian intellectual property law. Together, they manage the trade-mark portfolios of local, national and international brand owners in nearly all industries and markets.

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