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No Going Back – Canada Formally Accedes to Singapore, Madrid and Nice Treaties

Posted by Neil Melliship on March 20th, 2019

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced that as of March 17, 2019, Canada has formally acceded to the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement.  All three of these treaties will come into force in Canada on June 17, 2019. According to CIPO “As of that date, trademark owners in Canada [...]

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Royal Assent Received for Most Recent Amendments to Canada’s IP Legislation

Posted by Neil Melliship on December 21st, 2018

Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018 (the “Act”), received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, after moving through Parliament at a blistering pace. In all, less than two months elapsed between the tabling of the bill and its passage. These amendments will affect the Trade-marks Act, the Patent Act and the Copyright Act.  In [...]

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Trader Joe’s trying to make Pirate Joe’s “walk the plank” in U.S. trade-mark case

Posted by Kwan Loh on September 8th, 2016

In the ongoing dispute between Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver businessman, and U.S. based retailer Trader Joe’s, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) has overruled the 2013 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (the “District Court”) not to hear Trader Joe’s claim against [...]

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