Federal Court Mandates Canadian Sound Marks

Further to our recent article on the subject, the Federal Court released an order yesterday mandating that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office immediately start accepting sound mark applications.

The landmark order, obtained by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios after twenty years of argument before the Trade-marks Opposition Board, and ultimately the Federal Court, will mean that MGM’s famous “lion roar” will be one of the first Canadian sound mark applications.

Until CIPO updates its electronic filing system, applicants for a Canadian sound mark will need to submit a paper application, which will still require a visual representation of the sound mark, such as a waveform, to be acceptable.

For more information on this development, please visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s website.


Robert Kalanda, B.A., J.D., Student-at-law


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