September 10, 2020
Many trademark functions of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (‘CIPO’) have been seriously delayed largely as a result of the pandemic. As practitioners became adjusted to the new reality, so too did CIPO, who has worked diligently to overcome administrative problems caused by the pandemic. That said, the pandemic and issues relating to Madrid adherence have resulted in a huge backlog of work and likely it will take well into 2021 if not longer for CIPO to recover fully.
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This article was first published in the Kluwer Trademark Blog on September 10, 2020.