Archive for October, 2005

Olympic Committee’s “heavy handed” approach to policing its brand?

Friday, October 28th, 2005

The Globe and Mail has an interesting article today entitled Imperial ad campaign fuels ‘Olympic pretender’ complaints.

Apparently the CEO of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee held a news conference in Calgary yesterday and called on Imperial Oil Ltd. to pull Esso’s Cheer on Canada campaign. This is because, even though the Cheer on […]

Amendments to our Patent Act

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Further to my earlier post, the federal government announced today that Bill C-29 will come into force on February 1, 2006.

The Bill will allow for the retroactive correction of the small entity fee problems caused by the Dutch Industries case which ruled that entity size is determined once: when the patent application process is first […]

Fun Trade-marks

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

This week’s Trade-marks Journal had a few amusing trade-mark applications advertised, including:

I’M FEELING LUCKY - 1,177,424, by Google Inc., in relation to their feature of bypassing their search results and going directly to the first web page returned for one’s query;

TABOO… THE NAUGHTY BUT NICE SEX SHOW - 1,237,477, by Canwest Shows Inc., in […]

Barbie is for kids only

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Both the London Free Press and Canoe’s CNews feature an article by Bruce Cheadle (CP) reporting on the arguments made yesterday in the BARBIE and CLICQUOT cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada - regarding the scope of protection that should be given to “famous” brands.

It sounds like this may not be an easy […]

Barbie in Court

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

On Tuesday the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case between multinational corporation Mattel Inc. and a Canadian restaurateur, over the right to use BARBIE as a trade-mark in relation to the restaurant’s barbecued food (click here to see the restaurant’s mark).

Thus far, the Trade-Marks Opposition Board dismissed Mattel’s opposition, the Federal Court dismissed […]

Canadian and U.S. Patent Law Differences

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Via John Welch of TTABlog fame:

Bill Heinze’s blog, I/P Updates, has a great post summarizing an article in the Fall 2005 issue of The Patent Lawyer entitled “Canadian Patent Prosecution; Compared with U.S. Patent Law, the Differences Are in the Details”.

For those of you interested in the various nuances and difference between U.S. […]

Wyrd Sisters, Pratchett and other musings

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

There have been some very interesting comments made on my last post, including that there are a number of other sources for the name Wyrd Sisters and that there is a novel by Terry Prachett entitled “Wyrd Sisters” which was published a few years prior to the formation of the Wyrd Sisters’ folk band. […]

Wyrd Trade-mark Lawsuit

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

According to the CBC, a Winnipeg folk music group called Wyrd Sisters is suing Warner Brothers and British rock groups Radiohead and Pulp for $40 million, and is trying to block the latest Harry Potter movie, the Goblet of Fire, from being shown in Canada.

The Wyrd Sisters allege that the Harry Potter movie, which […]