Term and renewal
If your trade mark registration application is successful, the trade mark will be valid for 10 years from the initial filing date. However, protection of your mark can be indefinite if you pay the necessary renewal fees after each 10-year period (providing you are using the mark correctly).
Infringement of your registered trade mark
If you discover that your registered trade mark has been used without your consent, you can exercise your rights under the Trade Marks Act. An infringement of a registered trade mark can be defined as follows:
If there is an infringement on your registered trade mark, you can seek damages from the offending party or demand profits from their company for any loss you may have suffered.
Revocation and invalidation of trade marks
In certain cases, a trade mark may be revoked if (in the absence of valid reasons):
A trade mark can become invalid if:
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