Thursday, February 1 2024   \  Published by Smart & Biggar .

Brand owners, pay attention: Extensions of time in Oppositions and cancellation proceedings will soon be significantly reduced in Canada

Brand owners, pay attention: Extensions of time in Oppositions and cancellation proceedings will soon be significantly reduced in Canada

Recently the Canadian Trademarks Office announced that extensions of time available in Oppositions and Section 45 (non-use cancellation) proceedings will be significantly reduced as of December 1st. In this article, we look at the scope and impact of some of these changes and provide guidance on steps brand owners can take now, to benefit from longer time extensions.

What has the Canadian Trademarks Office changed?

The reductions to time extensions range from 20% to 75% at different stages of the proceedings and the changes vary for Oppositions and Section 45 proceedings. The changes come into effect on December 1st, 2023.

What do brand owners need to know?

With the introduction of these changes to the length of time extensions, brand owners will have to act more quickly at all stages of Section 45 and Opposition proceedings. Read more

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