The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has published a Fee-for-service proposal (the Proposal), seeking public input by July 5, 2016. The Canadian government significantly amended the Trade-marks Act (the Act) in 2014, in order for Canada to accede to the Singapore Treaty, the Nice Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Those amendments have not yet come into force, however, pending the adoption of new Regulations on various matters, including fees. The Proposal is the first step in adopting new Regulations on the fees that will be applicable.
The two most significant changes in the Proposal are that:
- there will be one fee payable at the time an application is filed with CIPO, while the current requirement for payment of a registration fee will be done away with; and
- the application fee will include only one Nice Class of goods or services. Additional fees will be payable for each additional Class of goods/services that an applicant wishes to include in the application.
The proposed fees themselves will be in line with what applicants are currently used to in Canada, with reductions in some cases, particularly if the application covers only one Class of goods/services. Having said that, applications that contain more than two Classes of goods/services will face higher fees. Renewals will similarly be based on the principle of one fee for one Class of goods/services, with additional fees payable for additional Classes of goods/services. There will also be additional fees payable for applications and renewals that are filed on paper as opposed to online.
Also included in the Proposal are new proposed service standards for issuance of Filing Notices and processing of Renewal requests. The Renewal request processing standard will be different, depending on whether or not the goods/services have previously been grouped into Nice Classes.
CIPO has asked for public input on the Proposal by July 5, 2016 and depending on what complaints might be received by then, an independent advisory panel could be appointed by August 15, 2016.