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No Going Back – Canada Formally Accedes to Singapore, Madrid and Nice Treaties

Posted by Neil Melliship on March 20th, 2019

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced that as of March 17, 2019, Canada has formally acceded to the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement.  All three of these treaties will come into force in Canada on June 17, 2019. According to CIPO “As of that date, trademark owners in Canada [...]

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Delays Nourish Desires: Canada’s New Trademark Laws Come Into Force June 17, 2019

Posted by Neil Melliship on November 14th, 2018

Earlier today, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office announced that long-anticipated amendments to Canada’s trademark laws will come into force on June 17, 2019.  It also published a new set of Trademarks Regulations, which will support those amendments. First introduced in June of 2014, the amendments contain the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark law in decades, [...]

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Trader Joe’s trying to make Pirate Joe’s “walk the plank” in U.S. trade-mark case

Posted by Kwan Loh on September 8th, 2016

In the ongoing dispute between Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver businessman, and U.S. based retailer Trader Joe’s, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) has overruled the 2013 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (the “District Court”) not to hear Trader Joe’s claim against [...]

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