Archive for 2008

The Perils of Insufficient Evidence in Trademark Cases

Posted by Larry Munn on November 12th, 2008

Whatever the advantages of not submitting certain evidence, such as expediency, complexity, or risk of ambiguity, the Federal Court of Appeal decision, Shell Canada Limited v. P.T. Sari Incofood Corporation demonstrates the significant risk of this course of action. Shell Canada opposed the registration of JAVACAFE in relation to coffee products, arguing that it was [...]

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Team Canada – No Go on Logo

Posted by Karen Monteith on November 3rd, 2008

A recent story reports that Team Canada may not be able to use the iconic Maple Leaf logo of Hockey Canada on its uniforms for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Apparently, International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations prohibit sports associations from displaying their logos on uniforms used at the Olympics.  In the past, the Canadian Olympic Committee [...]

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Reckless Fan Sites Reined In

Posted by Karen Monteith on October 29th, 2008

According to a recent story, Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams, is trying to control use of his image and name on unofficial websites, such as , and Apparently, Adams is using Web Sheriff, an internet-policing company that helps celebrities and others to enforce their rights against infringment of their copyright and trademarks. [...]

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