Designate Your Canadian Trademark Agent

Canada joined the Madrid Protocol on June 17, 2019, allowing applicants to designate Canada as a country for trademark protection in an international trademark application filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).


If the applicant is represented by an agent or attorney not residing in Canada and/or not on the Canadian list of registered trademark agents, CIPO will send an initial courtesy letter to the foreign agent or attorney advising that all subsequent correspondence from CIPO will be sent directly to the applicant or an appointed Canadian agent. To avoid CIPO corresponding directly with the applicant, it will be necessary to appoint a Canadian agent before the application is examined.


If your client has recently filed a Madrid application designating Canada and wishes to appoint a Canadian agent to receive all subsequent correspondence from CIPO, our firm will be happy to be of assistance. We will merely require a copy of CIPO’s courtesy letter. A Power of Attorney will not be needed, and there will be no cost to the applicant.


Should you have any questions about this or any other Canadian trademark matter, please do not hesitate to contact one of our trademark professionals here.