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

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Act current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2019-06-18. Previous Versions

General (continued)

Marginal note:Regulations — Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty

 The Governor in Council may make regulations for carrying into effect

  • (a) despite anything in this Act, the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, adopted at Madrid on June 27, 1989, including any amendments, modifications and revisions made from time to time to which Canada is a party; and

  • (b) the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, done at Singapore on March 27, 2006, including any amendments and revisions made from time to time to which Canada is a party.

  • 2014, c. 20, s. 358

Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) respecting the list to be kept under subsection 11.12(1), including information relating to the listed geographical indications and translations to be included on the list; and

  • (b) respecting proceedings under section 11.13, including documents relating to those proceedings.

  • 2017, c. 6, s. 75

Marginal note:Time period extended

  •  (1) If a time period fixed under this Act for doing anything ends on a prescribed day or a day that is designated by the Registrar, that time period is extended to the next day that is not a prescribed day or a designated day.

  • Marginal note:Power to designate day

    (2) The Registrar may, on account of unforeseen circumstances and if the Registrar is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, designate any day for the purposes of subsection (1). If a day is designated, the Registrar shall inform the public of that fact on the website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

  • R.S., 1985, c. T-13, s. 66
  • 2015, c. 36, s. 68

Newfoundland

Marginal note:Registration of trademark before April 1, 1949

  •  (1) The registration of a trademark under the laws of Newfoundland before April 1, 1949 has the same force and effect in the Province of Newfoundland as if Newfoundland had not become part of Canada, and all rights and privileges acquired under or by virtue of those laws may continue to be exercised or enjoyed in the Province of Newfoundland as if Newfoundland had not become part of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Applications for trademarks pending April 1, 1949

    (2) The laws of Newfoundland as they existed immediately before April 1, 1949 continue to apply in respect of applications for the registration of trademarks under the laws of Newfoundland pending at that time and any trademarks registered under those applications shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to have been registered under the laws of Newfoundland before April 1, 1949.

  • 1993, c. 15, s. 71
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 361(E)

Marginal note:Use of trademark or trade name before April 1, 1949

 For the purposes of this Act, the use or making known of a trademark or the use of a trade name in Newfoundland before April 1, 1949 shall not be deemed to be a use or making known of such trademark or a use of such trade name in Canada before that date.

  • 1993, c. 15, s. 71
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 361(E)
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 362(E)

Transitional Provisions

Marginal note:Use of the indication “Beaufort”

  •  (1) During the period that begins on the day on which this subsection comes into force and ends on the fifth anniversary of that day, section 11.15 does not apply to the use, in connection with a business, of the indication “Beaufort”, or any translation of it in any language, by a person if they or their predecessor in title used the indication or the translation in relation to any business or commercial activity in respect of an agricultural product or food of the category of cheeses, as set out in the schedule, for less than 10 years before October 18, 2013.

  • Marginal note:Use of the indication “Nürnberger Bratwürste”

    (2) During the period that begins on the day on which this subsection comes into force and ends on the fifth anniversary of that day, section 11.15 does not apply to the use, in connection with a business, of the indication “Nürnberger Bratwürste”, or any translation of it in any language, by a person if they or their predecessor in title used the indication or the translation in relation to any business or commercial activity in respect of an agricultural product or food of the category of fresh, frozen and processed meats, as set out in the schedule, for less than five years before October 18, 2013.

  • Marginal note:Use of the indication “Jambon de Bayonne”

    (3) During the period that begins on the day on which this subsection comes into force and ends on the fifth anniversary of that day, section 11.15 does not apply to the use, in connection with a business, of the indication “Jambon de Bayonne”, or any translation of it in any language, by a person if they or their predecessor in title used the indication or the translation in relation to any business or commercial activity in respect of an agricultural product or food of the category of dry-cured meats, as set out in the schedule, for less than 10 years before October 18, 2013.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (4) For the purposes of subsections 68.1(1) to (3), no person is a predecessor in title if they only transferred the right to use the indication or the translation, or both.

  • 2017, c. 6, s. 76

Marginal note:Non-application of paragraph 38(2)(a.1)

 No person shall oppose an application for registration of a trademark on the ground set out in paragraph 38(2)(a.1) if the application was advertised under subsection 37(1) before the day on which that paragraph comes into force.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 229

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 20, s. 358.2]

Marginal note:Application not advertised

 An application for registration in respect of which all of the items set out in subsection 33(1), as enacted by section 339 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1, have been received by the Registrar before the day on which that section 339 comes into force, and that has not been advertised under subsection 37(1) before that day shall be dealt with and disposed of in accordance with

  • 2014, c. 20, ss. 359, 367

Marginal note:Application advertised

  •  (1) An application for registration that has been advertised under subsection 37(1) before the day on which section 342 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 comes into force shall be dealt with and disposed of in accordance with

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (2) For greater certainty, a regulation made under this Act applies to an application referred to in subsection (1), unless the regulation provides otherwise.

  • Marginal note:Nice Classification

    (3) Despite subsection (1), the Registrar may require an applicant to amend the statement of goods or services contained in an application referred to in subsection (1) so that the goods or services are grouped in the manner described in subsection 30(3), as enacted by section 339 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1.

  • Marginal note:Disagreement

    (4) Any question arising as to the class within which any goods or services are to be grouped shall be determined by the Registrar, whose determination is not subject to appeal.

  • 2014, c. 20, ss. 359, 367
  • 2015, c. 36, s. 70
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 230
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 263

Marginal note:Declaration of use

 For greater certainty, an applicant is not required to submit a declaration of use referred to in subsection 40(2), as that subsection read immediately before the day on which section 345 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 comes into force, in order for the Registrar to register the trademark and issue a certificate of registration.

  • 2014, c. 20, ss. 359, 367
 
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