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No Trademark Monopoly: Red Horse / Black Horse

Posted by Larry Munn on May 10th, 2013

In January 2013 the Federal Court considered whether an ordinary beer drinking consumer, on hearing the words RED HORSE, would likely think that RED HORSE must be a beer made by the same company that makes BLACK HORSE.  The Court’s response: “unlikely”. This decision was reached in San Miguel Brewing International Ltd v. Molson Canada, [...]

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An Interplay of Canadian Official Marks and Canadian Trademarks

Posted by Larry Munn on March 28th, 2013

A February 2010 blog, “Professional Designations and Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initials” discussed the summary judgment and permanent injunction obtained by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (“the College”) against the Council of Natural Medicine College of Canada (“the Council”) pursuant to which certain trademarks which the Council had registered, such D.C.T.M [...]

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Both Here and There: Trademark Use on Websites Available in Canada

Posted by Larry Munn on January 21st, 2013

According to a December, 2012 decision of the Federal Court, HomeAway.com, Inc v. Hrdlicka, “a trade-mark which appears on a computer screen website in Canada, regardless where the information may have originated from or be stored, constitutes for Trade-marks Act purposes, use and advertising in Canada.”  This broad statement suggests that the appearance of a [...]

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