What type of trademark is non-registrable?

You cannot register:

  • any generic name
  • signs that are in conflict with Canada’s moral standards
  • signs that may threaten public order
  • name of any international organization
  • flag of states or symbols of nations and regions
  • surnames
  • non-distinguishable marks
  • geographical names
  • deceptive names that may suggest a connection with a living person
  • portrait of a person who died within the last 30 years
  • signature of a person who died within the last 30 years
  • marks associated with a variety of plant (Plant Breeders' Rights Act)
  • marks that can be mistaken as similar-looking to any mark published in the Canadian Trademarks Journal
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