Acceleration of COVID-related Trademark Applications

It is now possible to seek expedited review of Canadian trademark applications for protection of COVID-19 related trademarks. Grounds to receive special treatment of an application include:

a court action is underway in Canada with respect to the trademark;

the applicant is trying to combat counterfeit products at the Canadian border; or

a Health Canada approval for use of the goods or services is in process or completed.

The recent CIPO Practice Notice is located here:

Given that regular examination of Canadian trademark applications is currently taking over 24 months, the ability to accelerate should be helpful for applicants in this fast-moving technology field.  Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance with this or other IP matters.


Cory Furman, Q.C.

Patent & Trademark Agent

Anna Hengen

Legal Assistant

Lorna Giljam

Business Manager


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