Global Trademark Resources Print Page Page Image Current IssueArticle ArchiveTMR Search November-December, 2010 Vol. 100 No. 6 Back to TMR Main Page Trademark Registration in Canada: The Thorny Issue of Use By Keltie R. Sim and Margaret Ng Thow Hing One of the most basic fundamentals of trademark law in Canada is that it is a “use” country. While at first blush this may seem to be a straightforward point, the emphasis on use distinguishes Canada from a great many countries around the world. Moreover, while “use” is a diminutive word, it carries with it a host of issues and complications. In view of this, one might wonder: Where did the concept of use in relation to trademarks come from, why has it persisted and why is it emphasized during the registration process in Canada? The Trademark Reporter is available to INTA members only. Please go to Member Login at the top of this screen to access the full article.