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Trademarks Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. T-13)

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Act current to 2023-03-06 and last amended on 2021-06-28. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Licence to use trademark

  •  (1) For the purposes of this Act, if an entity is licensed by or with the authority of the owner of a trademark to use the trademark in a country and the owner has, under the licence, direct or indirect control of the character or quality of the goods or services, then the use, advertisement or display of the trademark in that country as or in a trademark, trade name or otherwise by that entity has, and is deemed always to have had, the same effect as such a use, advertisement or display of the trademark in that country by the owner.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) For the purposes of this Act, to the extent that public notice is given of the fact that the use of a trademark is a licensed use and of the identity of the owner, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proven, that the use is licensed by the owner of the trademark and the character or quality of the goods or services is under the control of the owner.

  • Marginal note:Owner may be required to take proceedings

    (3) Subject to any agreement subsisting between an owner of a trademark and a licensee of the trademark, the licensee may call on the owner to take proceedings for infringement thereof, and, if the owner refuses or neglects to do so within two months after being so called on, the licensee may institute proceedings for infringement in the licensee’s own name as if the licensee were the owner, making the owner a defendant.

  • R.S., 1985, c. T-13, s. 50
  • 1993, c. 15, s. 69
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 211(F)
  • 2014, c. 20, ss. 361(E), 362(E), c. 32, s. 53
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