Trade-marks

What is a trade-mark?

A trade-mark is a word (or words), a design, or a combination of these, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization.

Your identity in the marketplace

Original, distinct, unique. It's all about standing out.

Your trade-mark helps your customers distinguish your products and services from others in the marketplace.

Protect your trade-mark

A trade-mark registration provides prima facie evidence of ownership. In a dispute, the registered owner does not have to prove ownership; the onus is on the challenger.

15 years of exclusive rights

Your trade-mark registration also gives you the exclusive right to use the mark across Canada for 15 years. Your registration is renewable every 15 years after that. Register your trade-mark now!

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Why register your trade-mark?

A registered trade-mark provides prima facie evidence of ownership and exclusive rights across Canada. Read more…

How to apply

  1. Before you apply, consult
    1. A Guide to Trade-marks
    2. The trade-mark application process
    3. The Wares and Services Manual
  2. Submit your application

Need assistance preparing your application?

Obtain professional assistance from a registered trade-mark agent.

Trade-mark oppositions and section 45

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