Best Practices in Trademarks: Responding to "Not Inherently Distinctive" Objections

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 1 pm - 2 pm ET
WEBINAR Trademarks


Examination of trademark applications for distinctiveness is quite new in Canada. Explaining “non inherently distinctive” objections raised by CIPO, providing advice to clients and preparing and filing submissions or evidence in response to such objections can be challenging. The presenters will provide insight on the following issues:        

  • What does CIPO take into account in determining whether a trademark is NOT inherently distinctive?
  • The distinctiveness spectrum - low inherent distinctiveness vs. no inherent distinctiveness
  • Issues to consider when formulating and submitting arguments responding to NID objections
  • Nature and extent of sales/promotion evidence to overcome a NID Objection when proving acquired distinctivenes

Continuing Professional Development

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive Hour.

Law Society of Ontario1
Barreau du Québec*1
Law Society of British Columbia1
Law Society of Saskatchewan**
Law Society of Manitoba1
Law Society of Alberta1
New York State CLE Board1

* Barreau du Québec: As of May 1, 2019, Barreau members are responsible to determine if a CPD activity meets the Barreau’s CPD criteria.

** An application for accreditation of the session will be submitted upon request by a participant



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Non-Member Price


Individual $125.00 + tax
Group: 3 to 5 people $399.00 + tax
Group: 6 to 10 people $599.00 + tax
Group: 11 to 15 people $899.00 + tax
Group: 16 or more people $1,299.00 + tax
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***Financial aid may be available to participate in this webinar. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their annual income. Inquiries:


Participants will view the webinar’s presentation online and hear the presenters by phone or through the computer. A web link and audio coordinates will be provided to the registrant the day before the webinar.

Group Registration

Due to COVID-19, IPIC is relaxing its group registration policy to allow participants within a group to use a webinar link individually, as long as the total number of participants using the link is within the group size registered for.