Archive for December, 2007

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

I wish all my readers a Happy Holidays!

From Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Patent Agent Recommended

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) release a warning yesterday, noting that it has been made aware of companies offering alternative methods of protecting inventions. CIPO recommends that inventors contact a registered patent agent for advice.

Hmmm, sounds familiar. See here, and also here, about my previous blog entries regarding invention promotion firms.

See also […]

Copyright is Sexy

Friday, December 14th, 2007

See the Globe & Mail’s recent article about why copyright is cool and sexy.

Canada’s DMCA

Monday, December 10th, 2007

For something that’s still mostly speculation (both Michael and Howard acknowledge not yet having seen the actual contents of the upcoming copyright reform Bill), there has a remarkable outpouring of interest from numerous individuals on the issue of Canadian copyright reform, not the least of which is:

The Facebook group Fair Copyright for Canada which now […]

Strategis has merged with Industry Canada

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Further to my earlier posting, and a nice email from Strategis’s Web Information Quality Assurance staff just now, Industry Canada has merged with to provide a single point of entry to Industry Canada‚Äôs programs and services at the domain. Industry Canada’s notice about the merger can be found here.

As a result, […]

More Industrial Designs now Online!

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Back a couple of years ago I blogged about how Canadian industrial design registrations were made publicly available through the launch of CIPO’s (then) new Canadian Industrial Designs Database. At that time over 10,000 Canadian industrial designs were made public through this new database (i.e. those registered as of June 15, 2002).

Now CIPO […]

Interesting TM Oppositions

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

In addition to my periodic postings about fun trade-marks, I thought it might also be amusing to see what new trade-mark oppositions are being filed.

Looking back through CIPO’s database for the last couple of weeks, I note the following interesting new oppositions and proposed oppositions:

FACEBOX - 1,316,122, by Incrowd […]

Fun Trade-marks

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

This week’s (pdf) and last week’s (pdf) Trade-marks Journal had a number of amusing trade-mark applications advertised:

NAKED MINERALS - 1,336,605, by Yem Inc. for cosmetics and mineral make-up that, according to their website, is so light and comfortable a wearer won’t know she/he is wearing it and will […]