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Canadian Government Announces Significant Increase in Trademark Filing Fees for 2024

Updated: Mar 29

Effective January 1, 2024, the Canadian government has introduced substantial changes to its trademark filing fees.

Let's compare the fees for the first class of goods and services from 2023 to 2024 to understand the magnitude of the change:

- 2023 Fee: $347.35

- 2024 Fee: $458.00

This represents a significant jump of approximately 32% in just one year. For subsequent classes of goods and services, the increase is also notable:

- 2023 Fee: $105.26

- 2024 Fee: $139.00

The government has cited the need to cover administrative costs and maintain the quality of trademark services as the rationale behind these fee hikes.

Some steps you can take ahead of the increase:

  1. Assess Your Trademark Needs: Determine whether you need to file a trademark application and if it's essential to do so before the fee increase. Consider factors such as the importance of your brand, potential infringement risks, and your budget.

  2. Consult with a Trademark Agent: The trademark application process is more complex than it appears. Consult your trademark agent, I can can guide you through the process and help ensure your application is filed correctly and that your money is invested wisely.

  3. Gather Necessary Information: Prepare all the required information and documentation that your trademark agent will need to prepare and file your trademark application before the deadline, including the trademark itself, the goods or services it will cover, and any supporting evidence.

Act now! Taking proactive steps now can help you protect your brand and potentially save on filing fees before the government's fee increase takes effect.

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