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MACDIMSUM: Challenging a Family of Marks

Posted by Larry Munn on September 13th, 2013

In Cheah v. McDonald’s Corporation, the Federal Court of Canada held that MACDIMSUM is likely to be confusing with the MacDonald’s family of trademarks.  Focusing on the evidence presented, the Court distinguished several earlier cases in which McDonald’s failed to preclude other businesses from using the MC or MAC prefix, including McDonald’s Corporation v. Silcorp [...]

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A Clearly Descriptive Engineering Trademark

Posted by Larry Munn on August 26th, 2013

In the recent case of Continental Teves AG & Co v. Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the Federal Court of Canada dismissed an appeal of the Trade-mark Opposition Board’s refusal to register a mark.  The original application was brought by Continental Teves, a foreign corporation, to register the words ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE IS OUR HERITAGE for [...]

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Trademark Evidentiary Issues / Colour as a Trademark

Posted by Larry Munn on August 13th, 2013

JTI Macdonald TM Corp. v. Imperial Tobacco Products Limited, a recent decision of the Federal Court, includes interesting findings regarding the introduction of additional evidence on appeals, colour constituting a trademark rather than a distinguishing guise and the evidence necessary to establish non-distinctiveness. Imperial Tobacco applied to register “the colour orange applied to the visible [...]

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