Bill 96, an act adding new French language obligations in Québec, was sanctioned into law on June 1, 2022. It contains significant changes that will affect use of trademarks in Québec, including a trademark registration requirement to use non-French marks and a translation requirement of generic or descriptive text included in registered non-French marks used on products.
Please join us as François Larose will address these issues and discuss what businesses can do to prepare for these changes.
François Larose is a lawyer, trademark agent and partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law in addition to copyright, IP related agreements, and IP related regulatory issues, such as to the Charter of the French Language. François is a regular speaker at IP conferences and author in IP specialised publications in Quebec. His upcoming article in the Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle (Éditions Yvon Blais) will provide a criticism of Bill 96 and its unfortunate impacts on trademark use on Québec.