Archive for 2008

Trademark Use Not to Be Inferred: Section 45

Posted by Larry Munn on September 18th, 2008

In past blogs, we have discussed various Federal Court decisions made pursuant to section 45 of the Trade-marks Act, which is intended to be a summary and expeditious procedure for cleaning up the trade-mark register of trade-marks that have fallen into disuse. In Grapha-Holding AG v. Illinois Tool Works Inc. the Federal Court, Trial Division [...]

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Liberals Settle Green Shift Trademark Dispute

Posted by Neil Melliship on September 9th, 2008

In an update to our previous posts on this topic, the federal Liberal party has apparently settled the dispute surrounding its use of the mark THE GREEN SHIFT, just in time for this fall’s recently called election race to begin in earnest. According to a story in the Canadian Press and the Liberals’ own website, [...]

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Canada’s Trademark Opposition Practice Changing Again?

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on September 9th, 2008

In case you missed it: the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has commenced a public consultation session concerning possible changes in practice before the Trademark Opposition Board. These proposed changes follow on the heels of – and are likely motivated by – changes introduced to Opposition Board practice last fall. Many practitioners were surprised by those [...]

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