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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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Canadian Government Tables 5 IP Treaties in the House of Commons

Posted by Neil Melliship on January 28th, 2014

The Canadian Government tabled 5 intellectual law Treaties in the House of Commons on January 27, 2014.   The purpose of this action is for Canada to harmonize its trademark, patent and industrial design laws with those of many other countries. The Treaties tabled are as follows: the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the [...]

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