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Steven Kennedy Reviews the First Month of Canada’s New Trademarks Act for In-House Defense Quarterly


Steven Kennedy has authored an article titled “On Your Marks, Get Set, ….? Reviewing the First Month of Canada’s New Trademarks Act,” published in the Fall 2019 edition of In-House Defense Quarterly.

Writes Steven: “June 17, 2019, was a day awaited by brand owners and their agents in Canada for almost five years. After rounds of draft regulations and practice notices, webinars, articles, and submissions made by various stakeholders, the Government of Canada finally proclaimed the new Trademarks Act into force (see RSC 1985 cmt. T-13, as amended by SC 2014, c. 20 and SC 2014, c. 32). A great deal of discussion preceded the event, with practitioners, both foreign and domestic, doing what they could to anticipate how Canada’s implementation of the Nice Agreement, Singapore Treaty, and Madrid Protocol, among other sweeping changes, would affect Canadian trademark owners. As of the date this writing, Canada’s new legislation is celebrating its one-month anniversary and its practical realities have begun to set in. Many of these realities were expected, others were unexpected, and many are still to be fully appreciated.”

Read the full article here. (Steven’s article starts on page 25.)