Canada part of the Madrid Protocol as of June 17th 2019.
A number of legislative amendments in Canada has enabled the country to enter the Madrid Protocol.
This allows foreign trademark applicants to designate Canada as part of an international trademark application as opposed to having to file a separate national application in Canada. Trademark holders with existing international registrations have the option of filing subsequent designations in Canada.
It can be noted that Canada has also joined the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement.
Altogether, the amendments and accession to these treaties will make it less complicated and more cost effective to file for Canadian trademark registration and as such it is a very welcome development for those who seek trademark protection in Canada.