Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

This fall, join our Smart & Biggar trademark experts and gain new insights at our popular Canadian Trademarks webinar series. Each webinar provides practical tips and strategies for global brand protection in Canada, with a concise 30-45 minute overview of the topic, followed by an open Q&A.

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Canadian tips under the Madrid Protocol: Unique and unusual issues to consider when pursuing a Canadian designation

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 12 PM - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Philip Lapin & Nora Labbancz

This webinar will highlight Canada-specific issues for those pursuing Canadian designations of international registrations. Our speakers will outline surprising challenges and unexpected issues that can arise with the Canadian Trademarks Office and provide helpful advice to expedite prosecution and address Canadian prosecution hurdles.

French Language Charter: Navigating the recent amendments and their impact on trademarks in Québec

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 12 PM - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Christian Bolduc & Francesca Roy

In this webinar, our speakers will discuss the recent amendments to the French language requirements in Québec and touch on how they apply to product markings, promotion, and advertisements, plus practical tips on how to take advantage of the “recognized trademark” exception.

Spring Webinar Series Replays

Webinar #1: Contentious trademark proceedings: What brand owners should know about defending nd enforcing their rights in the Great White North

Recorded on Thursday, April 20, 2023

Speakers: Graham Hood & Laura Easton

Our speakers will discuss the best practices for defending and enforcing brand owners’ rights before the Federal Court and the Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB). We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of Federal Court actions and applications, and highlight the strategies and tactics to deploy in proceedings before the TMOB. Participants will learn how to obtain cost-effective, nationwide injunctive relief in a short time span, and how opposition and summary cancellation proceedings before the TMOB can bolster their national brand protection strategies.

Webinar #2: Fast track your trademark applications in Canada: Expediting Canadian trademarks examination

Record on Thursday, June 15, 2023 

Speakers: Kwan T Loh & Nora Labbancz

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 will explore options available to reduce examination time in Canada, including the possibility of undertaking an assessment before or after filing and the possibility of writing to CIPO to ask for descriptions to be added to the pre-approved list. 

Webinar #3: Trademark & copyright enforcement on the internet: Online marketplaces, social media and the web 

Recorded on Thursday, July 13, 2023

Speakers: Mark Biernacki & Daniel Anthony

The Internet has developed into an essential part of virtually every business, from online sales to software as a service, to online marketing. This has led to a corresponding rise in the type and volume of online IP risks and opportunities. It is critical for business owners to have a basic understanding of how to maintain and enforce their IP rights online and the best practices to implement and reduce risk.