Public consultations on the proposed Trademarks Regulations

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Current status: Closed

Public consultation: Opened on June 19, 2017 and closed on July 21, 2017
Canada Gazette, Part I: Opened on February 10, 2018 and closed on March 11, 2018

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The Government of Canada is modernizing Canada's intellectual property (IP) framework so that we can join five international IP treaties, including the Madrid Protocol, Singapore Treaty, and Nice Agreement all regarding trademarks.

Participation in these international agreements will better align Canada's IP systems with our major international trading partners, making it easier for innovative Canadian businesses to protect their IP at home and abroad. It will also help to make Canada a more attractive destination for foreign investments and encourage foreign companies to bring innovations to market more quickly, to the benefit of Canadian consumers.

We have already made amendments to the Trade-marks Act to comply with the requirements of the three trademark treaties, and are now in the process of amending the accompanying Regulations which will guide us on how the Act is applied.


This consultation specifically pertained to the proposed Trademarks Regulations. In line with our commitment to conduct inclusive, meaningful, open, transparent and balanced consultations, we wanted to hear your views and comments on the proposed Regulations.


We wanted to hear from businesses, individuals, groups or organizations that have an interest in the trademarks regime and/or the protection of brands, logos, and other trademarks here in Canada and internationally.

What we heard

The following is a compilation of the comments received. Please note that the comments are presented as they were submitted, in the language in which they were written.

Comments received during the public consultation

June 19 to July 21, 2017

Comments received during Canada Gazette, Part I

February 10 to March 11, 2018

Next steps

We are pleased to announce that feedback received during these consultations was used to finalize the Regulations, which have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Consultations on new Trademarks Office practice notices were also completed and the feedback will be used to update and refine practice notices, guides and other information resources to ensure that stakeholders are familiar with the processes and procedures of Canada's modernized trademarks regime. The amendments to the Trade-marks Act, contained in Bill C-31 and the new Regulations will come into force on , which will allow Canada to accede to the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement.

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