Registering a Trademark in Canada
The definition of a trademark in Canada is similar to the American definition. A trademark in Canada is a set of letters, phrases, sounds, or even a design that distinguishes your brand from the other companies in the same industry.
Canadian trademark registration will give exclusivity for your trademark federally** for 15 years which is renewable.
There are three types of trademarks in Canada:
• Ordinary mark: An ordinary mark is a set of words, designs, sound or any combination of these three things that distinguish goods or services from others.
• Certification mark: The certification mark is a license that shows a particular good or service that meets a specific standard.
• A distinguishing guise: A distinguishing guise is when you want to trademark the shape of your good or their container. It can also be a way of wrapping or packaging a good in a way that distinguishes your goods from others.
** In Canada, a trademark is only administered federally, even if your products/ services are offered in only one province.