As of June 2019, the cost to register a trademark in Canada has increased. Registrants will now pay $330 for basic online trademark registrations, including one international class. For each additional class of goods or services, the cost is $100. For those filing through paper applications, a charge of $100 will be added.
If you’ve recently registered your trademark with the USPTO here in the United States, you likely understand the important rights and legal protections you gain through registration. You may, however, wonder if international trademark registration is the next step. If you currently do business in Canada, or plan to in the future, now is the time to consider Canadian trademark registration. While there are costs associated with registering a trademark in Canada, the benefit of having your trademark protected far outweighs the expense. Consider the following about the cost to register a trademark in Canada.
Recent Changes to Canada’s Trademark Laws
Canada’s long standing trademark laws saw some significant changes recently. The biggest of these changes is that use is no longer a requirement for registration. Previously, anyone wishing to register a trademark would need to document how it was used in the marketplace. This change was intended to simplify the application process and allow for new business owners to obtain a trademark much more quickly. In addition, Canada’s definition of a trademark has expanded. You will now be able to protect not only names, logos, and slogan, but also non-traditional marks, like smells, tastes, color schemes, and even holograms.
To align more consistently with other trademark offices around the world, Canada has also entered the Madrid Protocol. This international treaty allows a registrant to complete a single trademark application that can then be applied to more than 90 member countries. In addition, the country will be adhering to the Nice Agreement, which divides all goods and services into 45 classes: 34 for products and 11 for services. Registrants will also see an increased cost to register, especially if they plan to register in more than one international class.