Trademark

November 2, 2018

Bill C-86 and Its Impact on Trademark and Patent Prosecution

Bill C-86 – The omnibus bill creates ambiguity in authorized representation before the Patent Office and the Office of the Registrar of Trade-marks.
November 1, 2018

How Canadian Trademark Law Will be Impacted by Bill C-86

Bill C-86 - an overview on its impacts on Canadian trademark law.
September 18, 2018

Brick-and-Mortar Hotel Not Necessary to Establish Use of Trademark in Association With “Hotel Services” in Canada

2018 FC 895 – Federal Court confirms that the term “services” must be interpreted liberally; confirms that brick and mortar hotel not needed in Canada to establish use of trademark.
September 18, 2018

The Scope of the Term “Services” in Association with a Trademark Revisited by the Federal Court

2018 FC 778 – Canada’s Federal Court confirms that foreign corporations do not need to have a brick-and-mortar store in Canada to establish use of their mark in association with services.
September 11, 2018

Federal Court Allows New Evidence Pursuant to Section 56 of Trade-marks Act, Allows Appeal

2018 FC 853 - The Federal Court allowed Swatch AG’s appeal of a decision of the Registrar of Trade-marks allowing Hudson Watch Inc’s opposition to Swatch’s registration of its “iSWATCH” mark.
June 7, 2018

IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018

IAM Patent 1000 recognizes the sharp, streamlined support Perry + Currier Inc. provides, along with its other achievements and advancements.
November 28, 2017

CIRA Gives Notorious Cybersquatters the Heave-ho

CIRA 344 - CIRA granted Virox its request to have the domain virox.ca transferred from Nameshield to itself, based on the domain being confusingly similar to Virox’s trademarks, Nameshield having registered the domain in bad faith and Nameshield having no legitimate interest in the domain.
November 21, 2017

Federal Court of Appeal rummages for the truth in Swiss luggage trademarks decision

2017 FCA 215 - The FCA found that trademarks owned by Travelway were confusingly similar to, and passing off on, trademarks owned by Wenger. The FCA's finding reversed a prior decision of the FC.
September 27, 2017
Coleen Morrison

Room for doubt?

CIPO has provided some insight to efforts in advance of the implementation of changes to the Canadian trademark system. The actions are comforting even if the statistics suggest there may be cause for concern in respect of recent Examination quality.
June 20, 2017

FC Finds Torque Anchor Patents Invalid or Not Infringed and Violation of Section 7(a) of Trade-marks Act

2016 FC 1279 - The FC found that API violated section 7(a) of the Trade-marks Act by making false or misleading statements tending to discredit the business, goods, or services of Excalibre, when it sent cease and desist letters to some of Excalibre’s customers.