Trademark

August 16, 2019
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US Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Profane Trademarks

SCOTUS, No. 18-302 (Iancu v Brunetti): In a recent decision, the US Supreme Court abolished the longstanding ban on registering vulgar and offensive words as trademarks.
July 19, 2019
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Ontario Court Backs American Decision to Penalize Online Counterfeiter

Dead End Survival, LLC v  Marhasin (2019 ONSC 3453) In the era of online shopping, it is easier than ever for counterfeiters to distribute fake consumer […]
June 28, 2019

The Rainbow Flag, Trademarks and Commitment to Diversity

June has been international pride month where rainbow flags are raised in unity, including at PCK Intellectual Property. The rainbow flag has been the most widely […]
June 18, 2019

Raptors Win but Trademark still under Claw

The Raptors may have won the NBA championship but they still have a court battle ahead, this time against popular energy drink Monster Energy.
May 1, 2019
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Trademarks and New Evidence on Appeal

2019 FC 406 - FC confirms that registered owner is not precluded to submit new evidence on appeal if no evidence is submitted after receiving s.45 notice from the Registrar.
April 10, 2019

Trademark Expungement: Insufficient Evidence of Use and Lack of Dominant Feature

2018 FC 1261 - Trademarks expunged for lack of evidence establishing use, and for using deviants without the dominant features of the trademark design.
April 9, 2019

FCA Confirms Test To Admit New Evidence on Appeal From TMOB

2019 FCA 63 - FCA confirms long standing test for admission of new evidence in judicial review of TMOB decision.
April 2, 2019
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Coleen Morrison Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2019

PCK's Coleen Morrison is recognized by Who's Who Legal.
February 28, 2019
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Official Mark Status Not a Defence in Trademark Infringement Action

2018 FC 971 – FC confirms that government marks are subject to infringement actions
January 11, 2019
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Practical Strategies for Canadian Trademark Applicants from Now until June 17, 2019 when Canada’s new Trademark Law Takes Effect

Strategies for Trademark Applicants from now until the new Trademark Law takes effect in June 2019