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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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I Hear You Calling – Sound Mark Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted by Neil Melliship on March 28th, 2012

In a reversal of it’s long held position, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has today announced that it is now accepting applications to register sound marks.  This announcement apparently comes as a result of ongoing Federal Court of Canada proceedings regarding an application filed in 1992 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) to register as a trade-mark [...]

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Teachers Get Schooled In Trademarks – Again

Posted by Neil Melliship on March 2nd, 2012

In a previous post, we reported on a Federal Court of Canada decision, upholding the decision of the Registrar of Trademarks to refuse registration of the mark TEACHERS in association with services described as “administration of a pension plan, management and investment of a pension for teachers in Ontario”.  Undaunted, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board decided to [...]

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