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Jul 28, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 12/15)
Canada
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Nice Classification Expected


The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has recently announced that, starting from this fall, it will be possible to file trademark applications using goods and services grouped and classed under the Nice Classification.

Online tools will be improved to enable the use of the Nice Classification. Key enhancements include:
- Redesigned layout and navigation of the Goods and Services Manual that will provide assistance in selecting the appropriate classification to apply to goods and services; and
- New and improved search capabilities, which will give the user the ability to search the database for marks filed within a particular class of goods and services and see if there is overlap in the same general category.

CIPO expects that the implementation of the Nice Classification will help applicants and the agent community with the transition from the current trademarks regime to the new provisions — coming into force with the accession to the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol.

For more information, please also check the article of Micheline Dessureault, Joli-Cœur Lacasse Avocats from Canada.

Source: Joli-Cœur Lacasse Avocats, Canada and www.ic.gc.ca