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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 1:07 PM

Why uniquely Canadian official marks are trademarks ‘on steroids’ Sylizedflag

June 17 was the highly anticipated coming into force date of the implementation of significant amendments to the Canadian Trade-marks Act under Bill C-31, and certain amendments under Bill C-86. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Gowling WLG expands IP practice in China

Gowling WLG announced the expansion of its intellectual property (IP) practice in China. The growth of the Beijing-based practice will enable the firm to better serve its global clientele in one of the world’s fastest-growing — and most challenging — IP markets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Downsides of Madrid International Registration trademark system flatearthmoney.jpg

On June 17 Canada joined the Madrid International Registration (IR) trademark system. In the first part of this two-part series, I explained why Canadian brand owners should care and I outlined the advantages of the IR system. In this second column, I talk about disadvantages of an IR and include some tips for moving forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

What Madrid International Registration trademark system means to you electricblueplanetearth

On June 17 Canada joined the Madrid International Registration (IR) trademark system. So why should Canadian brand owners care? ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Canada’s new trademark regime: Bad faith in opposition cases Bluefacetoface

With effect from June 17, opponents will no longer have available to them many grounds of opposition pointing to technical deficiencies in an application or flawed “use” claims. However, they will have one new “tool in their toolbox” when filing a statement of opposition against a trademark application advertised for opposition on or after June 17. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 1:21 PM

Brand clearance challenges in ‘use-less’ regime Internet Troll

After years of anticipation, on June 17 Canada rolled out significant changes to its trademark law. Among the important changes is the elimination of “use” as a pre-requisite to trademark registration. While this change will simplify trademark applications, it also opens the door to an increase in “clutter” of the Trademarks Register, contentious proceedings and trademark squatters. Accordingly, suitable trademark searching, clearance and monitoring will become increasingly important — and challenging — under the new trademark regime. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Prosecution of trademark applications post June 17: A distinctive affair scentedsoap.jpg

The changes to Canadian trademark law and practice that come into force June 17 will significantly impact the prosecution of Canadian trademark applications. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Peachy keen: How geographical indications could reshape how we view peaches peach

Canadian businesses have lagged behind much of the industrialized nations in their recognition of the value of intellectual property to protect their intangible assets. When we talk about intellectual property, most Canadians are generally familiar with the concepts of protection for patents, trademark and copyright. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Deeth Williams Wall LLP adds IP associate

Deeth Williams Wall LLP announced that Matt Frontini has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

Final countdown to significant Canadian trademark law changes five lightbulbs

On June 17, 2019, the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark law in over 50 years will be implemented. ... [read more]