Archive for the "Famous Marks" Category

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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Trademark Interlocutory Injunction Denied to Target

Posted by Larry Munn on October 11th, 2011

In Target Brands Inc. v. Fairweather Ltd., the Federal Court of Canada refused to grant the interlocutory injunction sought by the American retail chain, this recent application being part of a continuing battle. In 2002, Target’s counsel initiated proceedings under s. 45 of the Trade-Marks Act to cancel INC’s trade-mark registration for TARGET APPAREL. The [...]

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Counterfeit Goods: Significant Statutory and Punitive Damages

Posted by Larry Munn on October 5th, 2011

We have been following the line of cases dealing with counterfeit goods and the resulting damage awards, and note the most recent case from the Federal Court makes clear that a tougher approach to trademark  and copyright infringement can now be expected in Canada.  In Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Singga Enterprises (Canada) Inc., the [...]

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