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Dominic Alfred

IP and Technology Lawyer, Alfred Law

The length of time from the filing of an application through to registration is currently around 18 months, assuming there are no issues with the application and there are no major objections. From the date of filing, it is currently taking the Canadian Intellectual Property Office between 11-12 months to examine an application.


The Registrar will not consider requests for expedited examination because “the advancement of an application out of routine order creates a favoured position at the expense of all other applicants” (Trademarks Examination Manual).


Once a trademark application has been approved, it takes 4-6 weeks for the application to appear in the Canadian Trademarks Journal for the two month opposition period. Assuming that no oppositions are filed, the trademark application will then proceed to allowance in about 3 to 4 months.

Answered: 7 months ago