Archive for the "Famous Marks" Category

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 [...]

View the full post »

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 [...]

View the full post »

Copyright? Wrong! Oshawa Councillor Misses the “Mark”

Posted by Tasha Coulter on December 9th, 2008

An Oshawa, Ontario Regional Councillor, Robert Lutczyk, recently made a brazen attempt to claim copyright in the name “University of Ontario Institute of Technology”. Lutczyk registered copyright in the name of the University and then tried to use his registration to prevent the publication "Oshawa This Week" from using the name in an article, threatening [...]

View the full post »