Archive for the 'Intellectual Property' Category

Trademark Use Online

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Canadian Lawyer Magazine recently published an article entitled “Uses and abuses of trademarks online”, which illustrates the difficulty that trademark lawyers face when trying to determine whether a particular online display of a foreign trademark will (or will not) be deemed “use” of that trademark within Canada.

Why do I need to Trademark?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Here’s a good, straightforward article on why a business should trademark their business name.

Canadian i4i, Inc wins abroad, but is there any protection at home?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Toronto based firm i4i, Inc. has been getting a fair bit of press lately as the tiny firm that took on Microsoft Corp. and succeeded in winning an injunction against sales of certain versions of Microsoft Word software in the United States as well as a US$290-million award for damages, willful infringement and prejudgment interest. […]

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee to Trade-mark part of our Anthem

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

The Globe and Mail reports today that the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) quietly applied to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for trade-mark rights to the phrase “with glowing hearts” which is part of the well-known refrain in our national anthem O Canada: “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the true North strong and […]

Drugs are a (patent) lawyer’s best friend?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

There was an interesting article in yesterday’s Report on Business, entitled As patent cases clog courts, drugs are a lawyer’s best friend, which describes how the Federal Court of Canada judges are swamped with a rising tide of complex patent litigation and how law firms are scrambling for talent to keep up with one of […]

Alberta Premier wants his Domain

Friday, January 11th, 2008

CBC News reports that Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is defending his decision to send lawyers after blogger Dave Cournoyer who owns the domain name (note: that domain previously redirected to his blog, now redirects to a wikipedia entry).

Reading the blog, it seems like Mr. Cournoyer is not willing to comply with the demand […]

Trade-mark Assets sold for $1.5million

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

It’s not often that I come across news about Canadian trade-mark assets being sold, so I was intrigued when I saw the headline Electrohome completes the sale of the corporation’s trade-marks on CNW Group’s new releases.

Electrohome Limited announced that, effective yesterday, it completed the sale of its trademarks to SYNNEX Canada Limited; which was previously […]

Patent Agent Recommended

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) release a warning yesterday, noting that it has been made aware of companies offering alternative methods of protecting inventions. CIPO recommends that inventors contact a registered patent agent for advice.

Hmmm, sounds familiar. See here, and also here, about my previous blog entries regarding invention promotion firms.

See also […]

Copyright is Sexy

Friday, December 14th, 2007

See the Globe & Mail’s recent article about why copyright is cool and sexy.

Canada’s DMCA

Monday, December 10th, 2007

For something that’s still mostly speculation (both Michael and Howard acknowledge not yet having seen the actual contents of the upcoming copyright reform Bill), there has a remarkable outpouring of interest from numerous individuals on the issue of Canadian copyright reform, not the least of which is:

The Facebook group Fair Copyright for Canada which now […]

More Industrial Designs now Online!

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Back a couple of years ago I blogged about how Canadian industrial design registrations were made publicly available through the launch of CIPO’s (then) new Canadian Industrial Designs Database. At that time over 10,000 Canadian industrial designs were made public through this new database (i.e. those registered as of June 15, 2002).

Now CIPO […]

Interesting TM Oppositions

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

In addition to my periodic postings about fun trade-marks, I thought it might also be amusing to see what new trade-mark oppositions are being filed.

Looking back through CIPO’s database for the last couple of weeks, I note the following interesting new oppositions and proposed oppositions:

FACEBOX - 1,316,122, by Incrowd […]

Fun Trade-marks

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

This week’s (pdf) and last week’s (pdf) Trade-marks Journal had a number of amusing trade-mark applications advertised:

NAKED MINERALS - 1,336,605, by Yem Inc. for cosmetics and mineral make-up that, according to their website, is so light and comfortable a wearer won’t know she/he is wearing it and will […]

Too Funny - “Sumi”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

There hasn’t been a new posting on for a while now, but they sure cracked me up with their posting just a bit ago Truth in trademarking.

Luckily, the Olympic and Paralypic Marks Act is not yet in force (as far as I’m aware), so I think we’re still safe to refer to […]

Free Patent Calendar for 2008

Monday, November 26th, 2007

PATSCAN’s Bizarre Patent Calendar for 2008 (pdf) is now available.

I like the entry for December (i.e. US 6,490,999) for a leash and collar combination to walk one’s snake. It even includes a feature for reducing the snake’s concertina movement through the collar

For more details on this particular invention, see the inventor’s website at […]