Archive for April, 2006

Canada finally gets Jeep Wrangler

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The StarPhoenix reports that DaimlerChrysler, which own the Jeep brand, recently secured the Canadian rights to the WRANGLER trade-mark from General Motors (which had used WRANGLER for occasional editions of its Chevrolet pickup truck). The date of the change in title, from GM to DaimlerChrysler, is shown as March 27, 2006.

DaimlerChrysler […]

Hands off our emblem!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

The Ottawa Citizen published an interesting little article today entitled Hands off our emblem, Canada tells illicit users.

The article details how our federal government is spending nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year chasing down people who take Canada’s name (and official marks and emblems) in vain.

The piece details how the Canadian […]

A New Voice - CMCC

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

In recognition of World Intellectual Property Day (see my previous post), Canada’s leading musicians, songwriters, and producers today announced the creation of a new voice: The Canadian Music Creators Coalition (the CMCC).

CMCC Members include: Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, […]

World IP Day

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Today is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.

Declared in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this is World IP Day’s sixth anniversary, with the theme It Starts With An Idea.

WIPO’s Director General, Dr. Kamil Idris, reminds us that:

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to encourage people to think about the role played by […]

Recent Canadian IP Cases

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Some recent Federal Court / Federal Court of Appeal IP cases include

Litebook Company Ltd. v. Apollo Light Systems Inc., 2006 FC 399 - where the FCA ruled on a couple of issues:

a) No File-wrapper Estopple, except… - The Plaintiff tried to strike some of the Defendant’s paragraphs in the Statement of Defence - which […]

Blackberry vs Redberry

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Via The Trademark Blog - Looks like Canada-based Research in Motion (RIM) may now have a bit of a trade-mark battle on its hands in China.

See also today’s article in BusinessWeek.

CIPO is now Blogging

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

It looks like the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has entered into the Blogosphere. That’s kinda cool!

To promote World Intellectual Property Day (April 26, 2006) and to stimulate an exchange of ideas regarding women’s contribution to innovation, CIPO started the World IP Day Blog a couple of days ago. So far there are two […]

New Copyright Bill Coming

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Via Michael Geist: Conservate Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced that the government plans to introduce copyright reform legislation, after the Liberal’s controversial Bill C-60 died due to the change in government. No official details yet about what a conservative Copyright bill will contain.

However, see Michael Geist’s musings on what such a bill […]

Supreme Court to Re-hear Copyright Case

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

The Globe and Mail reports that, in an unusual move, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided to re-hear the appeal of Robertson v Thomson Corp. so that the SCC’s newest judge, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein, can participate in the decision. The Robertson v Thomson Corp. case concerns the extent of copyrights that freelancers […]

Google to Acquire Patent Blog for Billions

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

A great April Fool’s blog posting by the Patent Baristas. Well done guys!

Famous Marks in Canada

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Although this is somewhat old news (I blogged about the latest developments in the area of famous marks, i.e. that the Supreme Court of Canada heard the cases BARBIE and CLICQUOT, back in October here and here), there is now a good article in IPFrontline about the issues facing the SCC. The article also […]