* When To File Trademarks In Canada And Europe

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Clocktower Law's Mike Bartley, Mary Keele, and Erik Heels celebrating Mary's birthday at our 'old' office in Maynard.
Clocktower Law’s Mike Bartley, Mary Keele, and Erik Heels celebrating Mary’s birthday at our ‘old’ office in Maynard.

With apologies to my Canadian friends and family, Canada is the functional equivalent of the 51st state. Because Canada is so close to the United States, you should file trademarks in Canada for your top trademarks (i.e. your company name, logo, main product name, and tagline). You should budget about $3000 per Canadian trademark.

For most companies with international business, North America (United States + Canada) represents a market worth X, and North America plus Europe represents 2X. So if you have customers, investors, offices, or suitors in Europe, then you should file trademarks in Europe for your top trademarks (i.e. your company name, logo, main product name, and tagline). You should budget about $4000 per European trademark.

But timing is everything. Clocktower Law’s hourly rate has been $425 since 01/01/2014. On 07/01/2017, Clocktower Law’s hourly rate increases to $500. But if you file foreign trademarks by the end of June, then we will lock you in at the lower 2014 rate for those filings. We understand that this may seem like a large increase, but it is the first such increase in 3.5 years, and we flat-rate as much as possible while offering creative payment plans (such as smooth and lumpy pricing plans) to make budgeting for patents and trademarks easier. Our flat-rate pricing remains unchanged.

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