Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Firm

This spring, we are pleased to offer a fresh take on our popular Canadian Trademarks webinar series.

Join our Smart & Biggar trademark experts each month for practical tips and strategies for global brand protection in Canada. This series of timely webinars will help in-house counsel and global IP lawyers better understand the unique aspects of Canadian brand protection. Each webinar provides a concise 30-45 minute overview of the topic, followed by an open Q&A. 

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Webinar #4: Distinctly Canadian: Unique aspects of Trademark prosecution in Canada

Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Kwan T. Loh & Tierney GB Deluzio

In this webinar, our speakers will explore Canada-specific issues that brand owners should keep in mind when looking to protect their trademarks in Canada. For example, use is not required to obtain a Canadian registration and CIPO examiners can reject an application on the basis that the mark lacks distinctiveness. Brand owners should also beware of Prohibited Marks in Canada.

Webinar Replays

Webinar #1: Fast Track your Trademark Applications in Canada: Expediting Canadian Trademark Examination

Recorded on Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Philip Lapin & Jamie-Lynn Kraft

Delays at the Canadian Trademarks Office far exceed those of other industrialized countries at the moment. Such delays can negatively impact the rights of applicants. We explore new options available in Canada to reduce the time to registration.

Webinar #2: Trademarks between Friends: Key differences in Canadian and U.S. Trademarks practice 

Recorded on Thursday, May 19, 2022 

Christian Bolduc & Graham Hood

Given the free flow of goods, services, and information between Canada and its largest trading partner, the United States, brand owners and their counsel may assume that trademarks practice north of the border is much the same as it is in the U.S. Not so. When it comes to defending your brand, and enforcing your rights, in Canada, brand owners and their trademark counsel should be aware of certain peculiarities of Canadian trademarks practice, from applications to registrations and enforcement. In this webinar, we will discuss key differences between Canadian and U.S. trademarks practice that often come as a big surprise to brand owners looking to protect their trademarks in the Great White North.

Webinar #3: Canadian Brand Protection, eh?: Enforcing Trademarks in Canada from oppositions to litigation

Recorded on Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mark Evans & Ekaterina Tsimberis

Trademark litigation, oppositions and non-use cancellation proceedings are a necessary part of a brand’s trademark enforcement and protection strategy. And these proceedings have all become increasingly important in Canada. We will explore recent developments 'north of the border' as well as effective strategies and best practices for successful trademark protection in Canada.