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Getting around trademark ‘squatters’ and other clutter as the IP system changes

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:25 AM | By Graham Honsa

Canada is introducing significant changes to its trademark system, expected in 2019. Hopefully, trademark squatters will not be the only ones celebrating. Some of these changes will liberalize procedures and, initially, businesses can expect their trademarks to register more quickly. However, these changes also come with significant risks. Businesses should prepare to encounter more trade-mark squatters and conflicting trademark applications that could challenge brand clearance strategies.

Canada's current trademarks system ties registration of trademarks to their use in Canada. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office only registers...