Archive for August, 2006

The Wyrd Sisters, soon to be a Registered Mark?

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Last October I blogged about the trade-mark lawsuit by the Winnipeg folk music group The Wyrd Sisters against Warner Brothers and how the group was trying to block the latest Harry Potter movie, the Goblet of Fire, from being shown in Canada.

It turned out that the group’s motion for an interlocutory injuction (to prevent showing […]

Corner Gas - Coming to a Corner Near You?

Friday, August 18th, 2006

It looks like Prairie Pants Productions Inc., producers of the Canadian comedy series Corner Gas, might be thinking about opening up some actual CORNER GAS service stations.

This weeks Trade-marks Journal had the mark CORNER GAS advertised in relation to gasoline, lubricants, automotive fluids, tires, batteries and the like; and also in relation to the […]

Captain Copyright - Now Under Construction

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Via Michael Geist, and further to my earlier post, the controversial Captain Copyright website has now been taken offline - replaced with a single static page.

Captain Copyright gives thanks to those who provided critical feedback and notes that it has secured a number experts and educators to serve on an advisory panel, to review […]

Patent for Rubberband Guy

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Apparently a couple of months ago, the USPTO issued a design patent for a Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands (the word Homunculus is Latin for “little man”).

I wonder where one can buy these Homunculi? Hmmm, maybe try www.rubberrubberbandman.com. Only $16.95 Canada.

The little Rubberband Homunculus reminds me of the large blue rubberband ball […]

Historical Canadian Patent Data Now Available

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office today announced that bibliographic information for Canadian patents registered from 1867 to 1919 is now available for searching on CIPO’s online patent database.

Search fields include the inventor name, inventor country, owner at time of grant, grant date and Canadian patent classification. Filing dates may also be displayed (when […]

Off They Go!

Monday, August 14th, 2006

The crew at the Canadian Trademark Blog just indicated that their first substantive posting will be coming up shortly. Their goal is to mix three different perspectives on Canadian Trade-marks — solicitor, litigator and trade-mark agent.

Good luck guys!

Update (Aug. 15th):
The first substantive post, Top 100 Brands, is up today.

Inconsistencies in Copyright Chain-of-Title results in the Vacating of Anton Pillar Order

Monday, August 14th, 2006

In a recent decision by Mr. Justice von Finckenstein, in the case of Ayngaran International Video & Audio Inc. v. Universal DVD Inc., the Federal Court vacated an Anton Pillar Order on both procedural issues and substantive grounds. The case involves alleged copyright infringement of a number of Tamil language films on DVDs.

Anton Pillar Order:

An […]

New Discovery Channel (Canada) Series on Odd Patents

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Apparently the Discovery Channel will be running a new 11-episode series starting this month called “Patent Bending: Mad Ideas and Modern Science.”

The Discover Channel’s Patent Bending team scours books of patents from the past 100 years to find the seemingly greatest, strangest or most fantastically odd ideas that never got off the page. […]

Captain Copyright Responds

Friday, August 11th, 2006

An email from Captain Copyright this morning informed me that Access Copyright has posted a response to the various criticisms it has received about the Captain Copyright website (on Access Copyright’s main website).

In the response, Access Copyright states that it takes all of the feedback and comments (whether positive or negative) seriously, that it has […]

Open Letter to Captain Copyright

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

The Canadian Library Association, Canada’s largest national library association which represents about 57,000 library workers, has recently sent an open letter (pdf version) to Access Copyright, basically condemning its Captain Copyright website initiative.

The CLA is concerned about Captain Copyright’s lack of balance as it advocates for copyright awareness, the site’s web linking policy and the […]