Glossary of Terms


An application is abandoned when an applicant fails to respond to a Trade Mark Office request or when the application is voluntarily abandoned.


refers to two active trademarks registered under the first Trade Mark legislation called an Act Pertaining to Trademarks. It predates Confederation. The two remaining marks registered under it are ATM 72 and 127 registered in 18650729 and 18660612 respectively.


refers to a person or firm who meets the requirements of the trade marks Office as defined under Regulations Section 21.


An application is the original filing for a Trade Mark. The application will be referred to as a "registration" when the application has been registered. Applications are said to be Pending prior to being registered.

Boy Scout

contains marks approved under the Boy scouts Act. The unique application numbers commence at 980000.


A Trade Mark is said to be cancelled when the Trade marks Office processes a request to cancel the registration or the federal Court of Canada has cancelled the mark under Section 55 of the TMA.


a way of arranging open windows on your screen so that they overlap on each other


to press or release a mouse button quickly


to remove a window from the screen

Collective Membership

refers to an searchable Class namely 56 in Canada and 200 in the United States. It refers to a collective membership type of organization such as Fraternities or Sororities.


refers to the pictorial image of a trade mark design.

Description of Trademark 

refers to a searchable trademark field of a wordy lengthy text used to describe how a design appeared in association with a mark for the acts NFLD, UCA, and TMDA.

Design Descriptor Codes

these commonly used words or phrases describe design characteristics which can be used in searching for designs having these characteristics in common.

Dialog Box  

Dialog boxes pop up on the screen when the application needs more information from you before continuing


a measurement of dots per inch tells you how an image of a picture has been created


to move an item or window on the screen by holding down on the mouse button while moving the mouse


these are software programs used by your micro-computer to run applications like CD-NameSearch. A SCSI driver makes the CD-ROM drives work and a printer driver makes the printer work.

Drop-down list box

a single line dialog box which opens and displays a list of choices


A Trade Mark is expunged for failure to respond to any of these office actions: Renewal (Section 46), failure to provide requested information (Section 44), failure to provide evidence of use (Section 45)


refers to typefaces for your screen display and printer output. it represents a graphical design which applies to all numerals, symbols and characters in the alphabet. A font comes in different sizes and styles.


refers to an expanded form of a Registration Page printout (Full information format) which also includes other information after the FootNotes such as the Canadian system applied International Classes, status date & information as well as the Index heading entries.

Girl Guide

are marks approved under the Girl Guides Act.

General Correspondence Number 

This refers to the old general correspondence number this particular Section 9 mark was filed under. It's form is G.C. 1-99-nnn where nnn is a numeric.


refers to a line of text which when selected will be used for your next action request. Highlighted text appears in a different colour or image intensity level.


refers to name for a pull-down menu found in the User Interface screens or symbols with names associated with them


refers to the electronic image of a Trade Mark design.

Inactive trade Mark

A Trade Mark whose application has been abandoned or refused or whose registration has been cancelled or expunged.

Index Headings 

refers to a trademark field maintained to store any of a variation of the spelling of a trademark, a description of a design, additional descriptive information deemed important for searching purposes. It is sometimes referred to as Subject Indexes.


refers to the area where desired citations are temporarily stored during the search evaluation process and between further trademark searches. Eventually this set is printed from.


refers to making a Window as large as possible. Click on the up arrow in the upper-right corner of the window.


a list of items of which most will be Windows commands. Menu names appear in the Title bar of a window.


refers to making a window smaller. Click on the down arrow in the upper-left hand corner of the window.


is a device used to manipulate an arrow pointer over your windows and icons

Mouse pointer

the marking device that shows you where you are in a window., menu, or dialog box. It can be an arrow or a hand.


refers to the Newfoundland Trade Marks Act which was given to the Federal Government to administer when Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949. Older Marks are still renewed under this act. Registration No's are between 1 and 3291 for the period 18900309 to 19490331.


to display the contents of a file in a window or to enlarge an icon to a window.

Open replacement character ?

the ? character designates that any character may be found in the ?'s position in a search pattern


Plant Breeders Rights Act  

Plant Breeders Rights Act

This terms refers to Agriculture Canada's "Plant Breeders Rights Act" which protects the names of plant breeds. Trademarks are not allowed to infringe upon the rights given to names under this act.

Present Owner

The Canadian Trade Marks Office records the original owner or registrant for a mark and the current owner of the mark. The present owner refers to the current owner of a mark unless there isn't one and thus present owner refers to the original owner.

Print queue

a list of files which have been sent to your printer.


A trademark is refused by the Trade Marks Office when it's application fails to satisfy the requirements of a Trade mark application or the mark is not registerable or it is found to be confusing with another trade mark.


A trade mark application which meets all the requirements of the Trade-Marks Act will be registered.

Registration Page 

refers to the registration page of the text of a trademark document. Actually it refers to only registered marks. Information on Pending marks are printed out in the Full Text form with additional status information.

Representative for Service

A person or firm whom the Trade marks Office will send all correspondence after the registration of a mark with the same effect as if they were communicating with the Trade mark Owner.


To move text or graphics up or down in order to see parts of the file that cannot fit on the viewing area of a screen.

Scroll Bar

appears at the bottom or right hand side or edge of many windows

Scroll Box

Scroll bars have a little box in them which is called a scroll box

Search Pattern

the specification of a trademark term or element to be searched for - could include a word or multiple words with a Boolean operator.

Section 9

represents applications which are approved under the Section 9 of the Trade-marks Act.


Section 9(1)(e) - Government flags


Section 9(1)(n)(i) - Her Majesties Forces


section 9(1)(n)(ii) - Universities


Section 9(1)(n)(iii)- Public authorities in Canada


Section 9(1)(i) - 6ter applications,


Foreign Government Flags


a way of arranging open windows on your screen so that you can see as many as possible.


Trademark Information Packet contains basic trademark information fields

Title Bar 

a line appearing at the top of a Window


refers to the Trade Marks Act which is currently in force today for registering Trademarks. It replaced the Unfair Competition Act (UCA). Application numbers go up from 100,000. The legislation was enacted on 19540701.


refers to the Trade Mark and Designs Act. Registration no's vary between 1 and 57542 and covered the period 18710926 to 19500614.

Trade-mark Related Information

This refers to information which is not part of the set of registered trademarks but which is accorded consider rights such as the Plant names, Boy Scout and Girl Guide information.


refers to the Unfair Competition Act under which trademarks were registered. It replaced the Trade Mark and Design Act (TMDA). Registration No's vary between 1 and 51128 and covered the period from 19321025 to 19540629.

Wildcard character

refers to the use of an * character used to identify prefixes, suffixes or root-element entities like *TRA*


a rectangular area on your screen in which you can view or see a document


the World Intellectual Property organization, a member organisation of the United Nations charged with coordinating and managing the protection of intellectual property rights throughout the world.


The term 6ter refers to the 6th amendment of the Madrid Protocol where protection was given to flags and symbols used by governments of foreign countries. These marks are now protected by the Trade-marks Act (TMA) under Section 9(1)(i).