Archive for the "Protection & Enforcement" Category

Location Matters: The Perils of Geographic Names as Trade-marks

Posted by Andrew Dixon on February 4th, 2016

When choosing a trade or business name it may seem like a good idea to incorporate the location of your business into the name. There are benefits: it is helpful for marketing, it gives your audience an idea of where your business is and who your market is, it can help establish your business in [...]

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Implementation of Trademarks Act amendments pushed back to 2018

Posted by Andrew Dixon on November 6th, 2015

Since the Canadian Government announced massive changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act (the “Act”) in 2014, practitioners and other stakeholders in the trademark space have been anxiously awaiting its implementation. Unfortunately we are all going to have to wait a little longer. It is now expected that the amendments to the Act which have been [...]

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Back to school – Keyword advertising 101

Posted by Kwan Loh on August 31st, 2015

In the 21st century, when advertising is frequently conducted via the Internet, the use of keyword advertising has become an increasingly contentious point of trade-mark law. In short, keyword advertising is a form of online advertising in which a business selects words or phrases (the “keywords”) that trigger its advertisements to appear when the user [...]

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