Archive for May, 2006

Supreme Court to Rule on Famous Marks

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Further to my earlier postings (here, here, here and here), the Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it will hand down eagerly anticipated rulings, in two cases in the area of famous trade-marks (i.e. the BARBIE and CLICQUOT cases), at 9:45 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 2, 2006.

In the BARBIE case, […]

Apple opposes Apple

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Further to my earlier posts (here and here), Apple Computer, Inc. is indeed the party that has opposed the Beatles’ Canadian trade-mark application for APPLE.

Canadian IP Lawyer / The Lawyers Weekly

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Yours truly and this blawg were briefly mentioned in the May 19th issue of The Lawyer’s Weekly, in an article entitled “RSS feeding to a new level with podcasts” by David J. Bilinsky.

About half-way into the article, Mr. Bilinsky notes that legal blogs or “blawgs” are still a relatively new phenomenon among Canadian lawyers. […]

Beattle’s APPLE is now Opposed

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Further to my earlier posting (about the adoption of APPLE as an “Official Mark” by the Calgary Health Region), I note that the Beatles’ (i.e. Apple Corps Limited) currently pending Canadian trade-mark application for APPLE, in relation to a huge list of goods, has been opposed!

The opposition was filed May 11th - a mere two […]

We’re still being watched

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I noted last May that the United States had put Canada on a piracy Watch List because, apparently, we’re were haven for pirated and counterfeit goods.

This year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has conducted its 2006 “Special 301” annual review on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Canada continues to remain on the “Watch List” […]

Battle of the Geeks

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

A news release on CNW Group entitled “Geeks” on the run as Best Buy protects its brand, notes that the war for on-site computer services is heating up as Best Buy opposes trademark applications from smaller information technology (IT) service firms around the world.

In particular, a small Calgary-based company called The Geek Patrol Inc. has […]

APPLE - now an “Official Mark”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Most of us already know that the Beatles (i.e. Apple Corps) lost their U.K. court challenge against Apple Computer over its use of an apple logo for iTunes.

However, what many of you may not know is that in last week’s Canadian Trade-marks Journal (pdf), the Calgary Health Region gave notice of their adoption of […]

Small business needs to get into patent game

Monday, May 1st, 2006

An article in the Chronicle Herald (Halifax), entitled Small business needs to get into patent game, notes that China has become one of the Top 10 patent countries in terms of filings for the last year and is ahead of Canada, Australia and Italy (see also my earlier posting on this theme).

The article […]

A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Steven Page, lead singer and guitarist of the Canadian band the Barenaked Ladies, has published an opinion piece in today’s National Post entitled A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform.

The piece expands on the Canadian Music Creators Coalition’s April 26th Press Release (see my earlier posting) which noted that the CMCC’s three key principles are:

Suing […]