Motion - Discussing what matters - Episode 7: Trade-marks Act

Canada Video June 2019 2:46

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Welcome to Motion - Discussing what matters, a video series covering hot topics across the country where our experienced lawyers provide timely legal analysis on issues relevant to Canadians.

This episode focuses on the amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act that came into force on June 17 and the country’s accession to the Madrid Protocol and Nice Agreement. These new rules have significant consequences for Canadian brand owners.

In this video, Vancouver-based intellectual property partner, patent agent and trademark agent Karen MacDonald explains the main changes for brand owners, the impact of Canada’s adherence to the Madrid Protocol and the pros and cons of eliminating the use requirement as a condition to trademark registration.

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