Archive for March, 2006

Fun Trade-marks - Good to Go!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

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

GOOD CLEAN FUN - 1,179,866, by The Procter & Gamble Company in relation to providing information on housekeeping, cleaning and improving the quality of life at home via a global computer network (see the logo/design here);


Virtual Sex now Registered

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

BoingBoing today notes that Porn Valley based adult biz Digital Playground has recently announced that it has registered “VIRTUAL SEX” as a U.S. trademark (#3014320) with the USPTO. The mark is registered in relation to:

Prerecorded video and audio cassettes, CD Roms and DVDs featuring adult entertainment; interactive audio and video cassettes, CD Roms, and […]

Is the way clear now for Google’s GMAIL?

Friday, March 24th, 2006

In an earlier posting I noted that Google’s Canadian trade-mark application for GMAIL ran into a little bit of a difficulty - because the Canadian Trade-marks Office sent off an Examiner’s Report. I speculated that the Examiner’s Report would have cited the earlier filed application by Gossamer Threads Inc. (also for GMAIL and in […]

Canada is not a World Leader

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

The Globe and Mail today has a great article, entitled The Mother of Invention, about how Canada ranked 13th among the various nations for patent application filings in 2005.

Unfortunately, it appears that the ranking is based simply on the number of patent applications filed in each nation. It would be nice to […]

I use EFS (to the tune of Every Breath you Take)

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Further to my earlier post today, about that great parody of the Every Breath You Take song, it turns out that the author of the parody lyrics is Kelly G. Hyndman, partner at Sughrue Mion, PLLC.

Mr. Hyndman informed me that he wasn’t quite sure what prompted him to write the parody, but that he thought […]

I File With Ease

Monday, March 20th, 2006

I’m currently waiting to watch the USPTO’s EFS-Web Overview & Training Webcast for their new EFS-Web e-filing system.

It should start in about 10 minutes and, in the mean time, they’ve got a parody/satire song of “Every Breathe You Take” playing (based on the performance by The Police). It’s just too funny and […]

No more Super Heroes?

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Boing Boing criticizes Marvel and DC Comic’s claim of trademark rights in the term SUPER-HERO (in relation to comic books and the like). The two comic book companies have had this U.S. trademark registration since about November 1981.

I must admit that at first I too was a bit puzzled as to how these companies […]

Red Deer - Best City to Look for Work

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Via the Vancouver Sun.

Apparently Manpower Inc. conducted a survey of more than 1,700 employers across Canada and found that our city (Red Deer, Alberta) ranked as the best city to look for work, with a net employment outlook of 67 per cent. Calgary ranked second at 60 per cent and the overall Canadian employment […]

Fun Trade-marks

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

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

FOR THE LOVE OF BEER - 1,255,722, by Julie Parkinson in relation to an extensive list of wares including clothing, beer related products and various other promotional items;

PIMP MY RIDE - 1,257,199, by Viacom International Inc. in relation to a huge […]

612m - RIM and NTP Settle (again)

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Just in, Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM) and U.S. based NTP have reportedly settled their lawsuit. See CNN and Associated Press coverage.

This time the amount is $612.5 million, significantly larger than the first $450 million settlement which later fell apart before negotiations could be completed.

RIM’s statement is here. It notes […]

Fun Trade-marks

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

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

HUCKAPOO (hucka what?) - 1,208,838, by Entertainment Properties, LLC, in relation to a huge list of wares and services (including performance by a musical group). Check out the group’s official site and a recent New York Magazine article: Who […]