Archive for the "Registration" Category

Real Estate Development And Trademarks – The Sequel

Posted by Neil Melliship on December 29th, 2006

Readers of this blog who read our posting on November 23, 2006, may be interested in an article published on, the portal site of our firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group, which discusses in more depth the trademark issues that Real Estate Developers should be aware of.

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Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is Trademarked

Posted by Larry Munn on December 14th, 2006

We understood it to be well established (at least since 1897 and the New York Sun’s reply to Virginia’s letter) that there is indeed a Santa Claus. Unfortunately, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office seems intent on ignoring this important fact. Paragraph 12(1)(a) of the Trade-marks Act specifically provides that a trademark is not registrable if [...]

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Real Estate Developers Embracing Trademark Protection?

Posted by Larry Munn on November 23rd, 2006

A review of recent Canadian trade-mark filings indicates that some real estate developers in Canada are choosing to protect as trade-marks, not only their company or business names, but also the marks they have chosen for individual developments. Reflecting a more conservative industry, these trade-marks are not as edgy or creative as some of the [...]

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