trademarks

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.
September 18, 2018
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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
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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
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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.