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CIPO’s acceptable wares and services entries: added to TMClass, made Trilateral friendly

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq on August 27th, 2014

CIPO has announced two interesting changes regarding its Wares and Services Manual. TMClass First, CIPO-approved entries have now been added to TMClass, a multi-jurisdictional database of acceptable goods and services claims maintained by  Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).  TMClass now contains acceptable goods and services descriptions for nearly 40 different jurisdictions [...]

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Official Marks Up For Review

Posted by Neil Melliship on June 11th, 2014

A Private Members Bill was introduced in Canada’s federal parliament yesterday, which, if passed, will result in significant amendments to the official mark provisions in the Trade-marks Act.  Section 9(1)(n)(iii) of that Act currently sets out a very simple procedure whereby public authorities can attain official mark status for virtually any mark that they have adopted and used.  [...]

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Fumbling Towards Accession: Canadian government proposes massive trademark law overhaul

Posted by Neil Melliship and Jeffrey Vicq on April 10th, 2014

This post is the first in a series discussing proposed changes to Canadian trademark law. The Canadian Government dropped a bombshell on the trademark community on March 28, 2014, proposing massive changes to the Canadian Trade-marks Act (the Act), such changes being buried in a budget bill—namely, the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 [...]

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