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Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal Provides Welcome Guidance on Geographically Descriptive Trademarks

Posted by Laura Cojocaru on April 1st, 2016

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal (the “Court of Appeal”) has recently had the opportunity to clarify the test for  registrability of geographically descriptive trademarks in two separate decisions. The most recent of these is the decision in MC Imports Inc. v. AFOD Ltd., 2016 FCA 60.  In the proceedings underlying the appeal, MC Imports Inc. [...]

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Save the Date: the Importance of the Date of First Use in Canadian Trade-mark Applications (for now)

Posted by Kwan Loh on February 16th, 2016

A recent decision of the Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board, Constellation Brands Québec Inc. c Sociedad Vinícola Miguel Torres, S.A., 2016 TMOB 4 (“Miguel Torres”), serves as a reminder of the importance of stating an accurate and supportable date of first use, when claiming use as a basis for registration in Canada. In Miguel Torres, the Applicant [...]

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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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