IP Update

Canadian Trademarks Office Begins to Issue Nice Classification Notices

by Philip Lapin

Canadian trademark law will be significantly changed to adhere to several international treaties. Although the timing of the changes is uncertain, it appears that the changes are likely to come into force no earlier than 2018.

Among the changes will be a requirement for all trademark applications and registrations to use the Nice classification system. Canada is one of the few countries in the world that does not currently require the use of the Nice classification system.

In anticipation of the changes, the Canadian Trademarks Office has begun to issue courtesy notices to owners of Canadian trademark registrations, inviting them to voluntarily classify the goods and services in their registrations under Nice, before the law changes.

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