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Smart & Bigger Featherstonehaugh reported earlier this month that Canada is completing the last steps to implement a new trademark law. The changes will be the most significant in 50 years – both procedurally and substantively.

While Canada’s new Trademarks Act was finalized in 2014, it is not yet in force. Before it can be implemented, the Trademarks Office and the Canadian government must achieve two milestones.

Visit the link below to learn more about the milestones and some of the important changes to Canada’s trademark law and their impact. http://www.smart-biggar.ca/en/articles_detail.cfm?news_id=1356&t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&refsrc=email&iid=57c5c287e8164266b04b47258ae552a7&uid=441851905&nid=244+276893704

The Trademarks Office anticipates that the new trademark law will be in force by early 2019. However, the exact date is unlikely to be determined prior to the fall of 2018.

The government is accepting comments concerning the draft Trademarks Regulations until March 11, 2018. Members can contact Smart & Bigger Featherstonehaugh   (http://www.smart-biggar.ca/en/trademarks.cfm) or their legal counsel if you have any questions or concerns relating to the draft Regulations.