Region: Canada

CIPO aims to issue first office actions in less than a year under new strategy

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s five-year plan aims to improve examination efficiency and capacity and restore turnaround times to “internationally comparable standards”.

27 March 2023

Crocs’ design takes a bite out of the competition

This decision of the Federal Court provides much-needed guidance on several aspects of industrial design law in Canada.

01 February 2023

Counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Canada

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

A local IP expert updates us on the locations in the Great White North that rights holders should have on their enforcement radar.

04 January 2023

Canada: trademark litigation

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2023

Canada has a robust system of trademark enforcement with several available causes of action for an aggrieved owner.

30 November 2022

Injunction overturned: no goodwill without use or registration

The decision restores an established principle of trademark law that goodwill cannot exist absent use or registration.

24 November 2022

Innovation at the Canadian IP Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services

Featured in IP office tools and services

Representatives from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office exclusively reveal the agency’s innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future.

23 November 2022

Bill 96 and its impact on the French-language requirements in Québec

This update focuses on the impact of Bill 96 on the changes affecting the language of commerce and business and, more specifically, on the “recognised trademark” exception.

21 October 2022

Cannabis dispensaries baked in tasty decision for senior trademark rights holders

The Federal Court ruled in favour of plaintiff Mars Canada Inc in a dispute involving the sale of edible cannabis products under the SKITTLES mark and trade dress,

28 September 2022

The metaverse, valuation issues and IP in the age of covid – takeaways from IP Week @ SG 2022

Last week the IP Office of Singapore organised a series of events to celebrate its first in-person IP Week since the start of the pandemic. WTR was on the ground to bring you the key takeaways.

14 September 2022

CIPO fee increase only welcome if services improve, users say

The Canadian IP Office’s proposal to increase service fees by 25% has received mixed reviews among users desperate for quicker services but worried about deterring foreign clients.

22 August 2022

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