Archive for 2016

Bill C-30 and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – Implications on the Trade-mark Act

Posted by Stephanie Mui on November 28th, 2016

Bill C-30 was introduced on October 31, 2016, to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) between Canada and the European Union (“EU”). CETA has been negotiated for a number of years, is intended to facilitate several areas for trade between Canada and the EU and was signed on October 30, 2016. To help [...]

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Trader Joe’s trying to make Pirate Joe’s “walk the plank” in U.S. trade-mark case

Posted by Kwan Loh on September 8th, 2016

In the ongoing dispute between Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver businessman, and U.S. based retailer Trader Joe’s, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) has overruled the 2013 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (the “District Court”) not to hear Trader Joe’s claim against [...]

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In no mood for charity: Federal Court confirms that charities are not necessarily public authorities

Posted by Kwan Loh and Laura Cojocaru on August 18th, 2016

The Federal Court of Canada recently confirmed in Starbucks (HK) Limited v. Trinity Television Inc., 2016 FC 790 (the “Decision”) that status as a charity is, in and of itself, insufficient to constitute an entity as a public authority for the purpose of obtaining an official mark. (For a discussion about official marks and their [...]

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