By Trish Sawhney
In Canada, trademark applications are examined in the order in which they are received. In other words, requests for expedited examination are disregarded. CIPO recently announced changes to this practice to ensure Canadians have timely access to COVID-19 related goods and services. As of this month, requests for expedited examination of trademark applications claiming medical goods or services relating to COVID-19 will now be considered.
To be eligible for expedited examination, the application must include one of the following types of goods or services:
All requests for expedited examination must be made by way of affidavit or statutory declaration setting out how one or more of the following criteria are met: