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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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Red Cross Lawsuit Settled

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on June 19th, 2008

In an earlier post discussing the protection of the Red Crystal in Canada, we noted that the American arm of the Red Cross movement had been sued by Johnson & Johnson over its licensing of the iconic red cross emblem to for-profit companies for use on commercial products. In a pair of court decisions–one released [...]

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Trademark Statistics: The Year in Review

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on March 14th, 2008

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office released its 2006-7 Annual Report earlier today. The report contains some interesting information: over 45,000 applications were filed in the twelve month period ending March 31, 2007, reflecting a 4% increase over the previous year Canada remains the most common country of applicant origin, with nearly 20,000 applications filed; the [...]

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