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CIPO Trademark Fees To Increase

CIPO Trademark Fees To Increase

CIPO Trademark Fees To Increase

28 Sep 2023

Trademark Fees increasing as of January 1, 2024

If you’ve been considering whether to proceed with filing new applications for trademarks, renewing an existing registration, or reviewing your trademark portfolio, it might be a good idea to act sooner rather than later. There are some rather significant increases to CIPO’s standard fees beginning on January 1, 2024.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) has not substantially increased its fees since 2004, and in order to offset what it identified as a “critical financial position” in which the organization is now placed, CIPO is increasing most of its standard trademark service fees by at least 25%, with some fees increasing by more than 30%.

Below is a breakdown of some of the increased fees for trademarks.

Fee Type Current Fee Fees as of Jan 1, 2024  
Filing a new application, in one class $347.35 $458.00 +31.9% increase
Additional class application fee $105.26 $139.00 +32.1% increase
Renewing a trademark registration, in one class $421.02 $555.00 +31.8% increase
Additional class renewal fee $131.58 $173.00 +31.5% increase
Recording a trademark assignment $100.00 $125.00 +25% increase
Filing a statement of opposition $789.43 $1040.00 +31.7% increase
Filing a s.45 request $421.02 $555.00 +31.8% increase

Before the fee increases come into effect as of Jan 1, 2024, you may want to consider:

  • Reviewing your trademark portfolio
  • Proceeding with filing new trademark applications
  • Recording trademark assignments
  • Renewing registrations that are up for renewal before June 2024

Along with the incoming fee increases, the sizeable backlog of unexamined trademark applications has resulted in lengthy delays in the trademark prosecution process.

Applicants should consider filing applications using the list of pre-approved goods and services which can greatly shorten the length of time for examinations. In some cases, expedited examinations could be an option if certain criteria are met, for example, if there is pending litigation, if the applicant is combating counterfeit products at the Canadian border, and other specific circumstances.

For assistance with any of these or to review your trademark strategy, please contact us at Shift Law and we’d be pleased to assist with your trademark needs.