Archive for 2011

Bigger! Better! Wares and Services Manual Expands

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on May 5th, 2011

After a long wait, Canadian practitioners were delighted to learn this morning that CIPO has finally approved and activated more than 12,000 new entries in the Wares and Services Manual. By way of background, in 2009 CIPO signed a memorandum of co-operation with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office, the Japan Patent Office and [...]

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PETA’s Use Of Canadian Club Trademark Gets Whacked

Posted by Neil Melliship on March 31st, 2011

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is in the news again for its cheeky ad campaigns, which sometimes use well known trademarks of other parties to garner exposure for its views on Canada’s seal hunt.  We previously blogged about the use by PETA of an ad featuring the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots.  [...]

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Keyword Advertising Appeal Discounts Trademark Analogies

Posted by Neil Melliship on February 17th, 2011

Canada continues to await its first Court decision on the use of trademarks in keyword advertising.  The British Columbia Court of Appeal issued its decision this week in the case of Private Career Training Institutions Agency (the Agency)  v. Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc. (VCC).  While the Trial Judge’s decision, that the use of keyword advertising in this [...]

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