Division of Trademark With Long Lists of Products

Canadian Trademark law is based upon the principle of use.  Under current law, a business is unable to secure Registration of a Trademark unless the Trademark has been used with the good or services listed in the Trademark Application.  Where Trademark Application have a long list of goods or services, the Trademark Registration is often delayed for years while the business gets around to demonstrating use of the Trademark with all of the goods or services on the long list.  On March 1, 2013 first reading was given to a proposed Canadian law (Bill C-56) which will allow a business to complete their Trademark Registration for those goods and services which have used and still pursue the remaining goods and services in a “divisional” Trademark Application that can claim the original filing date to maintain their priority.