Archive for the "Famous Marks" Category

Just in time for the Olympics – a Race to the Trademark Podium

Posted by Neil Melliship on February 6th, 2014

As we approach the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has launched a lawsuit against outdoor apparel maker The North Face in the British Columbia Supreme Court, over allegations that it is infringing on Olympic trademarks through ambush marketing techniques. The COC is seeking an injunction against The North Face and [...]

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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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Punitive Damages: Trademark and Copyright Infringement

Posted by Larry Munn on May 16th, 2013

The most recent case from the Federal Court continues the Court’s tough stance with respect to trademark and copyright infringement in Canada.  In Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Group LLC v. Manoukian, the Court awarded significant compensatory and punitive damages against the Defendant company and its principal. The Plaintiffs, H-D Michigan, LLC (“MI”), Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC [...]

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