The Canadian trademark registry is very similar to the American system and other models but different in key ways. If interested in registering a trademark for a name or logo in Canada this is the right place to start.
When registering a trademark in Canada cost is just one of the factors to consider.
First of all, if you or your company are not in Canada. Another factor is whether or not you have a trademark application or registration in your home country.
If you're looking to protect your brand in more than five other countries, know that you may now include Canada in your Madrid trademark application. This is new as Canada has for years refused to join the Madrid system. And now he's finally a member.
Also, if you already have your international Madrid registration, you can now add Canada through the subsequent designation mechanism. This is basically how you can expand the geographical scope of your international registration without having to go through the whole process from scratch. Simple as that.
This is a great way to save both the cost to trademark a name and the cost to trademark a logo.
Okay. So with Madrid applications out of the way - by the way, I have several other videos that explain the Madrid system in more detail - let's talk about registering your trademark in Canada directly.
There are a few things you should keep in mind.
First of all, aside from the brand owner, the only persons authorized to communicate with the Canadian intellectual property office are registered trademark agents. Being a lawyer or a patent agent or just someone who knows a lot about trademarks is not good enough. You need to be properly recognized and have a trademark agent license.
Now, just to give you some context, most lawyers in Canada are not licensed, trademark agents. Now, as much as I despise the idea of licensing, uh, of government licensing things are what they are. So it's just something you should accept as reality.
Now, if you don't want to file and prosecute your trademark application yourself, you need to have a registered trademark agent do it for you. This isn’t something people often think about when considering registering a trademark in Canada cost.
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