Archive for the "Case Law" Category

RIM Wins Right To Continue Using BBM Trademark

Posted by Neil Melliship on June 4th, 2012

Research in Motion Ltd. received some good news late last week, in the form of a Federal Court of Canada ruling that allows it to keep the BBM trademark for its popular messenger service.  BBM Canada, a Canadian television and radio research firm  that has been using the BBM mark for 60 years, commenced infringement proceedings [...]

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Trademark Settlement Agreements: Lost in Translation

Posted by Larry Munn on May 11th, 2012

A recent Ontario case is a rare example of parties seeking a judicial interpretation of a trademark settlement agreement.  It also emphasizes the importance of understanding all possible translated meanings of a word before committing to refrain from using any translated versions, a challenge that often arises in a bilingual country. In Skipper Online Services [...]

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Social Media: A Lesson for Trademark Owners

Posted by Larry Munn on April 13th, 2012

A recent Quebec case and the resulting social media criticism provides a cautionary tale for trademark owners who aggressively assert their rights.  Success in the court room may in some instances have a negative impact on goodwill. Trademark owners should be taking social media into account when assessing their litigation options. Deborah Kudzman, the founder of [...]

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