Royal Canadian Airforce Faces Trademark Issues Over Naming New Aircraft

VICTORIA — Four months after the Royal Canadian Air Force was due to announce the official name of Canada’s newest search and rescue plane, the Department of National Defence is still dealing with legal and trademark issues around naming the aircraft.

In July, the RCAF rolled out a short list of five pre-approved names for the Airbus CC-295 fixed-wing rescue plane. The names, which National Defence said had already been cleared to ensure there were no issues with trademark or intellectual property rights, were then presented to the public to vote on.

Nearly 33,000 people voted for their preferred name and the feedback was sent to RCAF Commander Al Meinzinger for a final decision to be announced in November.

Today, those names are still “undergoing legal, contractual, and trademark vetting,” according to National Defence spokesperson Maj. Jill Lawrence.

“With a finite number of staff, the work to finalize the name of the CC-295 carries on in the background, but at a slower pace than initially anticipated,” Lawrence told CTV News.

National Defence says the delay in naming the aircraft has not added to the cost of the multibillion-dollar project and has not stalled the aircraft’s introduction into RCAF operations.