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Alt Legal WebinarMaple News: Updates in Canadian Trademark Law

Alt Legal Team | May 04, 2023
2 min read

This webinar was recorded on June 8, 2023.

Like the USPTO, CIPO has seen significant changes in trademark law in recent years. The 2019 Trademarks Act changed registration terms, brought Canadian trademarks into the Madrid Protocol, removed the use requirement for registration, and more. During this webinar, Gowling partner Paula Clancy provides an overview of recent Canadian legislation and litigation and discusses how the changes are likely to affect trademark practice there and in the US. In particular, she addresses:

  • The amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act
  • Delays in trademark applications and the current timeline for review
  • Bill 96’s French language requirement and how it is likely to affect trademarks
  • Relevant and interesting recent litigation cases

View the webinar recording here (registration required.)

Download the presentation materials here.


Paula Clancy, Partner, Lawyer and Registered Trademark Agent at Gowling

Paula Clancy is a partner and trademark agent in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and her practice focuses on trademarks. Paula has more than 27 years of experience as a corporate/commercial and trademark lawyer, and she is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in IP (Trademarks). Her background in business law and intellectual property law is a valuable asset to her clients. Paula works with in-house counsel as an extension of their legal team to assist with trademark filing strategies, global portfolio management, and procurement. Her clients range from start-ups and SMEs to prominent public companies, including a number of global brands. These clients operate in industries including, technology, fashion, consumer goods, cosmetics, food and beverage, sports, banking, manufacturing, and life sciences. Paula also has experience working with women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Paula is very active in the intellectual property community, and has recently been nominated to serve as a director of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for the 2022-2024 term. She also currently serves as director and treasurer of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC); Canada’s national delegate for the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI); and director of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property AIPPI (Canada).

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