Archive for 2015

Implementation of Trademarks Act amendments pushed back to 2018

Posted by Andrew Dixon on November 6th, 2015

Since the Canadian Government announced massive changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act (the “Act”) in 2014, practitioners and other stakeholders in the trademark space have been anxiously awaiting its implementation. Unfortunately we are all going to have to wait a little longer. It is now expected that the amendments to the Act which have been [...]

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Nice-ly done: CIPO now accepting voluntary classification of goods and services

Posted by Kwan Loh on September 30th, 2015

Following our post from July 2015, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) is now accepting trade-mark applications filed with goods and services classified using the Nice Classification system.  As part of this process, CIPO has also updated the online Canadian trade-marks database, such that “Nice classification” is now a possible search field.  In addition, the Canadian Goods [...]

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Back to school – Keyword advertising 101

Posted by Kwan Loh on August 31st, 2015

In the 21st century, when advertising is frequently conducted via the Internet, the use of keyword advertising has become an increasingly contentious point of trade-mark law. In short, keyword advertising is a form of online advertising in which a business selects words or phrases (the “keywords”) that trigger its advertisements to appear when the user [...]

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