Public consultation on a new trademark practice notice

Current status: Closed

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About the consultation

This consultation pertains to a new practice of the Office of the Registrar of Trademarks with respect to requesting that public notice be given by the Registrar under subsection 9(4) of the Trademarks Act.

Section 215 of Bill C-86 (2018) amends the Act to create a simple and efficient mechanism to allow the Registrar to give public notice that subparagraph 9(1)(n)(iii) of that Act does not apply with respect to a badge, crest, emblem or mark that was the subject of a public notice of adoption and use as an official mark if the entity that made the request for the public notice is not a public authority or no longer exists.

In line with our commitment to inclusive, meaningful, open, transparent and balanced consultations, we welcome your comments on this proposed practice notice.

How to participate

We value your views and would like to hear from businesses, individuals, agents, groups or organizations that have an interest in Canada's trademark regime in general and/or official marks in particular.

This public consultation on Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch practice is an opportunity for you to learn about, and comment on, the new processes and procedures that will apply to official marks once the amendments to section 9 of the Act come into force.

Consultation documents:

Participants are encouraged to read the draft practice notice and are invited to submit all feedback by email before the end of the consultation period.

We thank you for your time and interest.

What we heard

Next steps

Building on our commitment to stakeholder engagement, we will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.


Should you have any questions about this consultation, please send them by email or by regular mail to the following address:

Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Place du Portage, Phase 1
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, QC K1A 0C9
Attention: Iyana Goyette