Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Procedure

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has announced that the Trade-marks Opposition Board will be changing its practice, effective March 31, 2009, pursuant to the new Practice in Trade-mark Opposition Proceedings. Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • The new practice will simplify the procedure and time-lines for granting extensions of time, and will clarify when extensions of time can be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • Parties will be encouraged to mediate and settle disputes early in the process, including through the use of a “cooling-off” period.
  • A new practice is introduced for scheduling hearings.

Calgary – 14:30 MST

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