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What the coming trademark changes mean to pharmaceutical industry

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 9:10 AM | By Elisabeth Neelin and Pascal Archambault

Significant changes to the Canadian trademarks regime are expected to come into force in early 2019. While the implementation of these upcoming amendments will affect every sector, they will have a marked (pun somewhat intended) impact on several issues unique to the pharmaceutical industry.

Here is what you need to know in under five minutes:

International registration 

One of the most celebrated changes is Canada’s adoption of the “Madrid Protocol” and the alignment of Canada’s trademark regime with accepted international standards. Similar to the Patent Cooperation...