Archive for the "Legislation" Category

Playing Nice: CIPO to accept applications with Nice Classifications this fall

Posted by Kwan Loh on July 1st, 2015

In a milestone step towards harmonization of Canada’s trade-mark regime with most other developed countries, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced yesterday that starting this fall, it will accept trade-mark applications filed with goods and services classified using the Nice Classification system. According to CIPO’s announcement, there will be changes to its website to [...]

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C’est vrai: Québec government to continue seeking use of French on store signage

Posted by Kwan Loh on June 25th, 2015

The Canadian media, including the CBC, is reporting that the Québec government intends to continue its fight to require the use of French on signage where trade-marks and business names are otherwise displayed in English. This is the latest development in a dispute that has gone on for a number of years.  As previously discussed [...]

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Managing the transition: the impact of Canada’s amended Trademarks Act on pending trade-mark applications

Posted by Jeffrey Vicq and Neil Melliship on March 16th, 2015

The recent amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act present many interesting opportunities and challenges to brand owners and their counsel.  This article focuses primarily on the impacts for Canadian trademark applications that are pending at the time the amended Act comes into force—that is, applications that have been filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) [...]

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