Archive for the "Branding" Category

C’est vrai: Québec government to continue seeking use of French on store signage

Posted by Kwan Loh on June 25th, 2015

The Canadian media, including the CBC, is reporting that the Québec government intends to continue its fight to require the use of French on signage where trade-marks and business names are otherwise displayed in English. This is the latest development in a dispute that has gone on for a number of years.  As previously discussed [...]

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Combating Counterfeit Products Act Receives Royal Assent

Posted by Andrew Dixon on December 15th, 2014

On December 9,2014 Royal Assent was given to Bill C-8, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act. The intention of Bill C-8 is to give the government and holders of trade-marks and copyrights new mechanisms for enforcement, along with substantial remedies, in order to combat counterfeit and black-market goods. Before the introduction of Bill C-8, Canada had [...]

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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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