The normal trademark registration process takes 14 to 24 months. You can use your trademark before registration, and in fact it’s usually to your benefit to do so. The normal trademark registration stages are:
- Stage 1: Awaiting First Response From CIPO – After CIPO receives your application, it takes them about 6 to 8 months to do a review and get back to you with any objections.
- Stage 2: Examiner’s Report – If there are objections they usually involve descriptions of the wares and services, confusion with existing marks on the registry or descriptiveness. It can take from 2 to 6 months to resolve these matters.
- Stage 3: Publication and Opposition – Your mark is then published in the Trademark Journal, which lists all the trademarks CIPO believes qualify for registration. The public then has 2 months to object to their registration. If someone does object, they must file a Statement of Opposition, which begins the Opposition Process. Even if there is no Opposition, this stage still takes about 6 months. If there is an Opposition, it can take years to resolve.
- Stage 4: Registration – You’ll get a Notice of Allowance from CIPO asking you to file the final papers and pay the necessary fee. Once this is done the mark will be registered for fifteen years.