Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001

Version of section 17 from 2006-03-22 to 2010-03-24:

 The following definitions apply in this Part.


confusing, in relation to a corporate name, means a corporate name the use of which causes confusion with a trade-mark, an official mark or a trade-name in the manner described in section 18. (prête à confusion)

corporate name

corporate name means the name of a corporation. (Version anglaise seulement)


distinctive, in relation to a trade-name, means a trade-name that distinguishes the business in association with which it is used by its owner from any other business or that is adapted so as to distinguish them from each other. (distinctive)

official mark

official mark means an official mark within the meaning of subparagraph 9(1)(n)(iii) of the Trade-marks Act.(marque officielle)

secondary meaning

secondary meaning, in relation to a trade-name, means a trade-name that has been used in Canada or elsewhere by an applicant or by their predecessors so as to have become distinctive in Canada as at the date of filing an application for a corporate name. (sens dérivé)


trade-mark has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Trade-marks Act. (marque de commerce)


trade-name means the name under which a business is carried on, whether it is a corporate name or the name of a body corporate, a trust, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or an individual. (dénomination commerciale)


use means actual use by a person that carries on business in Canada or elsewhere. (emploi)

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