Implementation of the Changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act: One and a Half Years Later
Recorded On: 12/09/2020
In June of 2019, the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark system in over 60 years took effect. Now, a year and a half into the new regime, our panel of speakers is examining the practical impact of the changes. Bringing the perspective of both the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and Canadian practitioners, this webinar will cover the key legislative changes, including a detailed discussion of the new inherent distinctiveness objection.
This webcast is brought to you by INTA’s Legislation and Regulation Committee—Canada Subcommittee.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Canada)
Iyana Goyette is the Deputy Director of Policy and Legislation at the Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. A lawyer and member of the Barreau du Québec since 2005, she joined the Trademarks Branch in 2006 as an examiner.
She leads a team whose focus has been to implement four international treaties, namely the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol, the Hague Agreement and the Nice Agreement and who now work on developing new practices and policies to help improve the overall registration processes under the responsibility of the Branch.
Clark Wilson LLP (Canada)
Athar Malik is a partner of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, Canada. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Higher Learning practice groups.
A lawyer and a registered Canadian trademark agent, Athar opines on trademark availability, prosecutes trademark applications, handles Canadian trademark oppositions and cancellations, and manages international trademark matters. He also provides copyright and general intellectual property advice and counselling, and assists in related litigation.
He is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). Athar is also the former editor-in-chief of IPIC’s Canadian Intellectual Property Review (CIPR), and currently sits on its editorial board. He serves on IPIC’s Litigation Committee and Copyright Committee, as well as the International Trademark Association’s Legislation and Regulation Committee.
Sarah O'Grady (Moderator)
CPST Law LLP (Canada)
Sarah is a partner of CPST Law LLP and its related patent and trademark agency firm, CPST Intellectual Property Inc. She is a lawyer and registered Canadian trademark agent.
Sarah has a broad-based intellectual property practice which covers IP litigation, trademark prosecution and portfolio management as well as commercial IP work.
Sarah has a range of IP litigation experience, including disputes related to patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets, and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Sarah’s practice also involves management of trademark portfolios, including providing strategic advice, opining on availability and registrability, filing and prosecuting applications in Canada, and representing clients in trademark opposition and non-use proceedings. On the commercial side, Sarah advises clients on IP issues in transactions involving intellectual property and technology. Sarah currently serves on the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee as well as the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Women in IP Law Committee.
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