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Questions and answers about Canada’s new IP strategy on trademark squatting

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 11:21 AM | By Henry Lue and Thomas Kurys

On April 26, 2018, the federal government released its intellectual property (IP) strategy setting forth its plans to push Canada to the forefront of the patent and trademark world, in part to drive innovation and investment in Canada.

As part of that strategy, the government has promised changes to the trademarks regime to address fears of “trademark squatting.” These changes will include the introduction of new bad faith opposition and invalidation grounds and a requirement that a trademark be used within the first three years of...