On Monday, June 17, 2019, significant changes to the Trademarks Act will come into force. These long awaited changes including changes to implement the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement. Many of CIPO’s online trademark services are offline until Monday morning in preparation for the changes.
Lots has already been written about these changes, the details of how the new regime, transitioning, etc. – my first post on the tabling of the Madrid, Singapore and Nice treaties was in 2014 (link) with twelves posts over the years. Regulatory changes were published as recently mid-May to support the changes.
CIPO’s website downtime details (link).
CIPO’s updated resources for the upcoming legislative changes (link).
Good luck to all the trademark agents!