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Non-Canadian hoteliers anxiously await decision on Waldorf-Astoria trademark

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 9:43 AM | By Mark Evans and Jamie-Lynn Kraft

Non-Canadian hotel companies are anxiously awaiting the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP v. Miller Thomson LLP (T-515-17) (Hilton Worldwide). The case is an appeal from a Trademarks Opposition Board decision to expunge the registration of the trademark Waldorf-Astoria for “hotel services” on the basis that the owner did not have a physical hotel in Canada and the only services which Canadians could access from Canada were hotel reservation services and a hotel loyalty program (Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP (Re) [2017] T.M.O.B. No....