As we have reported previously, the Canadian Trade-marks Act is set to undergo significant changes as of June 17, 2019.

As Canada is finally adhering to the Nice Classification system, one of the most significant changes that trademark owners will notice is that government fees for filing and renewal will go up – significantly for some! – for multi-class applications and registrations:

  • currently CAD $250, filing fees for an application covering a single class will increase to CAD $330, with fees of CAD $100 for each additional class
  • currently CAD $350, renewal fees for a renewal covering a single class will increase to CAD $400, with fees of CAD $125 for each additional class

In view of these imminent changes, we are strongly recommending that trademark owners review their current portfolios in Canada and consider both:

  • Filing multi-class applications now to avoid additional filing fees
    • As Canada is also eliminating the requirement to use a mark anywhere in the world prior to registration, we encourage brands to consider expansive filings prior to June 17, 2019
  • Requesting renewal now on multi-class actions to avoid additional class fees and defer the costs of classification
    • After June 17, all goods and services covered by a registration will need to be classified into Nice classes, which for some existing registrations is expected to be a timely and potentially expensive endeavor – by renewing now, brand owners can defer the cost of such classification until the next renewal deadline, in addition to the up-front class fee savings
    • To note that renewing early will not affect the registration term, which will be reduced from 15 to 10 years for all renewals coming due after June 17, 2019

We will be continuing to provide more information and recommendations on the upcoming changes in the months to come.

If you have any questions about early renewal, or any other aspects of the upcoming changes, please contact a member of our Canadian trademarks team.