Archive for 2012

Bodum Gets French Pressed by Federal Court In Trademark Dispute

Posted by Neil Melliship on December 18th, 2012

Canada’s Federal Court has recently handed Bodum USA, Inc. (Bodum) another loss in its ongoing fight to enforce its trademark and other intellectual property rights in this country.  In the most recent decision, the Court has found that the Canadian Registration for the trademark FRENCH PRESS is invalid and unenforceable.  This Registration is owned by Pi [...]

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Engineering a Successful Trademark Opposition: Canada’s Federal Court finds that KELLY ENGINEERING RESOURCES mark is deceptively misdescriptive

Posted by Jeff Morton on December 12th, 2012

A recent Federal Court decision in Canadian Council of Professional Engineers v. Kelly Properties, LLCreversed a prior Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB) decision by holding that Kelly Properties’ KELLY ENGINEERING RESOURCES trademark application was not registrable. In the prior TMOB proceedings, the opposing party, Canadian Council of Engineers, was unsuccessful in its opposition to the KELLY ENGINEERING [...]

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In Honour of Black Friday – Big Brand Retailers Fight Quebec Language Law

Posted by Neil Melliship on November 23rd, 2012

CBC reports that a group of  well-known retailers, including  WALMART, COSTCO and BESTBUY, are taking the Quebec Government’s French language watchdog to Court over its recent requirement that all retailers have signs that include either a generic French name or add a slogan or explanation to reflect what they are selling.  For example, rather than featuring [...]

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