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Both Here and There: Trademark Use on Websites Available in Canada

Posted by Larry Munn on January 21st, 2013

According to a December, 2012 decision of the Federal Court, HomeAway.com, Inc v. Hrdlicka, “a trade-mark which appears on a computer screen website in Canada, regardless where the information may have originated from or be stored, constitutes for Trade-marks Act purposes, use and advertising in Canada.”  This broad statement suggests that the appearance of a [...]

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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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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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