Archive for November, 2005

BlawgWorld 2006

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Yours truly has an article featured in the newly launched BlawgWorld 2006: Capital of Big Ideas. For those unfamiliar with the term, a blawg is a legal-oriented blog.

BlawgWorld, published by TechnoLawyer, is an eBook (pdf) in which you’ll find thought-provoking essays from the most influential blawgs — 51 essays from 51 blawgs to be […]

Not even the Dark Side could help Lego

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Following up on my previous post, there is a good summary article of the Lego v. Mega Blocks case in today’s Globe & Mail entitled A patently important Canadian court decision.

According to the article Lego mounted a fairly creative and aggressive legal battle against Mega Blocks - at one point even placing a life-sized Darth […]

MEGA BLOKS and LEGO bricks - Interchangeable in the bins of Canadian playrooms

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment in the appeal of the Canadian case of Kirkbi AG, et al. (i.e. Lego) v. Ritvik Holdings Inc. (now operating as Mega Bloks Inc.). See also my earlier posting.

In this case the Court dealt with two main issues:

whether Section 7(b) is constitutional (earlier cases held […]

Patent Fee Payment History Now Available

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Regular readers of “Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That” will be pleased to know that sometimes I’ll even post tomorrow’s news, today.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, in a November 9th news release, states that the fee payment history with respect to specific patent applications or patents is now available through the Canadian Patents Database. […]

No Poppy for you!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Both CBC and the Edmonton Sun reported today about the Royal Canadian Legion coming down on Bourque Newswatch for use of the Legion’s trade-marked poppy image.

Actually the Royal Canadian Legion has a number of trade-marked poppy designs and even has additional protection under an Act Respecting the Royal Canadian Legion (see […]

Office Action on Google’s GMAIL

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Further to my earlier posting, it now looks like Google’s Canadian trade-mark application for GMAIL is running into a little bit of a difficulty - since recently (Nov 2nd) the Canadian Trade-marks Office sent off an Examiner’s Report.

I suspect that the Examiner’s Report will have cited the earlier filed application by Gossamer Threads Inc. […]

The Wyrd Sisters are Dismissed

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Further to my earlier postings (here and here), both CTV.ca and the Brandon Sun reported that the Ontario Superior Court today dismissed a motion by the Wyrd Sisters.

The Wyrd Sisters, a Winnipeg folk group, claimed that a fictional rock band in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, and having […]