On the one hand, Canada is a popular ally. More than 3300 applicants designated Canada as a Contracting Party for a total of 6800 filings. On the other hand, Canada is still hesitant, as only 175 Madrid applications were filed by Canadian applicants.
We remind you that a Canadian trademark agent must be appointed as CIPO will not communicate with foreign agents except to inform them that a Canadian agent must be appointed.
Time for an application to be examined:
It takes from 16 to 22 months before an application is examined. We expect that the backlog will eventually recede.
All applications that were pending at the time of the coming into force (June 17, 2019) are subject to re-examination.
Extensions of time in examination:
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office will soon issue a new practice notice which will restrict access to extensions of time during examination. Extensions will be available based only on exceptional circumstances that are considered sufficient to justify a grant of delay.