Archive for the "Famous Marks" Category

Payless to Pay More?

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on April 23rd, 2009

Collective Brand Inc., operator of the well-known US discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource, is again under attack from German-based sporting apparel manufacturer adidas. In a landmark US decision last spring, adidas persuaded an Oregon jury that Payless had wilfully infringed adidas’ trade mark and trade dress in various sneaker designs, and was awarded over $300 [...]

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Oily Loonie offside Official Mark?

Posted by Tasha Coulter on February 16th, 2009

Dogwood Initiative, a British Columbia environmental group, is facing legal action from the Royal Canadian Mint over a campaign to add one million oily loon decals to loonies in circulation.  (For our international readers, “loonie” is the commonly used term used to refer to the Canadian one dollar coin.)  Dogwood’s campaign is intended to create awareness [...]

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Trade-marks Act Amendments: Put Down That Glass of Canadian Burgundy!

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on January 12th, 2009

On December 31st, while many readers (and writers!) of the Canadian Trademark Blog were likely raising a glass to celebrate the New Year, long-awaited amendments to the Canadian Trade-marks Act quietly came into force.  The changes pertain to Section 11.1 of the Act which deals with geographic indications.  In particular, the amendments eliminated several terms [...]

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