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The trouble with trademark: Rule changes spark worry

Susan Krashinsky, The Globe and Mail, 21/11/2014

Critics of changes to Canadian trademark law are asking the federal government to consider regulations that could soften the blow that businesses are anticipating from added costs.

The amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act were included in the omnibus budget bill, C-31, introduced in March. The bill received royal assent in June, but will not be declared in force until the regulations are finalized, likely late next year or early in 2016.

While the changes to the Act have already been made, Industry Canada is accepting submissions on the regulations through a consultation process until Nov. 30. Business leaders are hoping that regulations could mitigate some of their concerns.

Chief among those is the removal of a requirement that people who want to register a trademark must demonstrate it is actually intended for commercial use.

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