How to Register a Trademark in Canada
If you are considering registering your trademark in Canada, there are several things you should know before you get started. This article will cover how to get a lawyer to register your trademark and the benefits of using the Madrid Protocol. It will also cover how to cancel a trademark registration in Canada. Read on to learn more. Despite the fact that trademark registration in Canada is relatively straightforward, some things should always be taken into consideration before filing an application.
Getting a lawyer to register a trademark in Canada
There are some important things to consider before you hire a trademark lawyer in Canada. The cost of trademark registration varies widely depending on the complexity of the case and the lawyer you hire. Some lawyers charge a flat fee, while others charge an hourly rate for actual work. Typical application fees range from $700 to $1,000, and they can increase with each step of the process. Often, a trademark examiner will discover errors, and clients will reluctantly pay billable time for this.
Using the Madrid Protocol to register a trademark in Canada
Using the Madrid Protocol to register a Canadian trademark is relatively straightforward, but there are some things to be aware of. While you should use a designated Office of Origin, CIPO will not act as your Designated Office unless you have applied through another Contracting Party. It is also possible to designate a designated Office in another Contracting Party if the trademark was first filed in Canada.
Filing an application to register a trademark in Canada
If you want to protect your company’s trademark, you must file an application to register it in Canada. It is relatively easy to do, but you should choose a strong mark that is not generic, suggestive, or unrelated to the goods or services you offer. To comply with trademark law in Canada, you must hire a trademark attorney. A trademark attorney will guide you through the application process, conduct a comprehensive trademark search, and prepare and submit the trademark application on your behalf. Once you’ve submitted your application, you must respond to any notifications that CIPO sends you.
Cancellation of a trademark registration in Canada
There are many circumstances that can lead to the cancellation of a trademark registration in Canada. For instance, a trademark owner may have not used their trademark for three years, or if a business has changed their name to something completely unrelated to the product. This type of case is known as a “section 45” proceeding. In order for a trademark to be cancelled, the owner must provide evidence of use of the trademark in Canada for at least three years.
Cost of registering a trademark in Canada
There are three main types of costs when registering a trademark in Canada. First of all, you must pay a mandatory government fee of $330 for the basic application and another $100 for each additional class of goods or services. Then, you must pay additional taxes. Once you have paid the governmental fee, the next step is to find a registered trademark agent and file your application. The trademark application fee is nonrefundable, so you should pay it in advance.