Examination extensions


Gladys Tibbo Witt

The trademarks examination branch of Canada’s Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has issued a new practice notice, in effect since March 11, pertaining to the granting of extensions for examining applications.

This suggests that Canada is setting the stage to eventually become a party to the Madrid Protocol.

An applicant for a trademark is given a six-month initial deadline to make a full response to all matters raised in the examiner’s report.

Under the new practice, “the Office will generally grant an applicant one extension of time of up to a maximum of six months to file a response to an examiner’s report, if the request is justified. No requests for any further extensions of time will generally be considered.”

CIPO, trademark examinations