Here are three reasons to do an availability search before filing and using a trade-mark:


    1. Avoid cases of confusion with other trade-marks or business names that are already registered.


    2. Avoid having your application refused because of complicated trade-mark regulations. For example, the trade-mark cannot look like an official mark; the trade-mark cannot be clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive of its goods and services; the trade-mark cannot be primarily merely a family name; the trade-mark cannot contain an emblem, a coat of arms, or use a geographic landmark that is protected.


    3. Avoid losing time, money, and human resources on a trade-mark that can’t be registered.

Other topics

Why should I do an availibility search?

Three reasons for doing an availability search prior to filing and using a trade-mark.

Trade-mark registration process in Canada

Understanding the trade-mark process in Canada.

Securing your trade-mark

Congratulations! Your trademark is now registered. The trade-mark registration confers exclusive rights across Canada provided certain conditions are met.

For lawyers and notaries

How we can help your clients secure their trade-mark rights.