During the current public health crisis, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) remains open for business as usual. Canada acceded to the Madrid Protocol on June 17, 2019. As of May 4, 2020 CIPO began sending to the World Intellectual Property Office (“WIPO’) notification of possible opposition (“NPO”) against the first extensions of International Registrations into Canada (“Protocol Applications”). This means that the granting of protection for these Protocol Applications may be subject to opposition beyond the 18-month time limit for notifying WIPO of refusal of protection in Canada under the Madrid Protocol.
OLLIPAugust 6, 2020