The Trademark Registration Process

Assuming a trademark is considered to be available following completion of the search process, we normally recommend that an application be filed to register the trademark as soon as possible to establish its priority.

During the application process, the application must be examined and approved by the Trademark Office. Third parties will then have an opportunity to oppose the application following publication of the trademark in the Canadian Trademark Journal or the U.S. Official Gazette, as the case may be. Assuming no opposition, the application will then proceed to registration.

The chart below provides a general outline of the trademark registration process in both Canada and the United States.

Trademark Registration Process Graph