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Legal Requirements For Registering Your Trademark In Canada

The legal requirements of getting a trademark in Canada is pretty similar to that of obtaining one in the United States. Although the process can be pretty complicated at first glance, it still can be a learning experience for businesses looking for a patent from the Canadian authorities. The country is known across the world for its open policy for intellectual property rights.

Here Are The Rules And Legal Requirements For Applicants Who Are Outside Of Canada


1. In case the application if from an outsider for a registration of trademark in Canada, you should appoint a representative for the service in Canada itself. The registrar can then send in the correspondences pertaining to the trademark to the appointed Canadian representative.

2. The representative cannot act on your behalf and conduct business for your office in Canada. Only the trademark agent can do that on your behalf. The role of the representative is only to receive correspondence from the government office.

4. In case someone registers a trademark with the Canadian authorities, this allows them a valuable right. There could be an expungement from the Register of Trademarks unless certain specific responsibilities are carried out. This can be the case if the distinctiveness of the trademark is an issue or there are other legal problems.

5. If you want to maintain your mark in the trademark register, you should pay a registration fee after every 15 years. The trademark is then renewed in the Register of Trademarks. The registrar sends you a notice about your payment deadlines.

6. The trademark is a property that can be sold or even passed on to future generations. You could also transfer the rights of property to another person or a business through an assignment. This enables ownership to be free and fair.

For further information about the legal requirements for registering your trademark in Canada, please contact Opara Law PC by email at or by phone at 416-840-5572.

Victor Opara. Victor Nnamdi Opara