October 15, 2015

Canada: Adopting the Nice Classification

Within the scope the Canada’s accession to the Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty, the requirement to classify goods and services when applying for trademark registration according to the Nice Classification has been introduced. This requirement will be obligatory for all Canadian trademark applications once the local legislation regarding this matter (Bill C-31) comes into effect.

At this time the Canadian Intellectual Property Office accepts the list of goods and services grouped according to the Nice Classification provided by the applicants on the voluntary basis. Therefore, an earlier implementation of the Nice Classification provides an opportunity to prepare the Canadian trademark applications according to the new requirement ahead of time and thus, to facilitate further trademark registration and renewal processes.

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Author: Lynda Miller