On 17 June 2019 significant amendments were introduced to the Trademarks Act with a view to bringing Canada’s trademark regime into line with the Nice Agreement, among others. This update provides some fee-based strategies to use under the amended act.
In our latest news round-up, we look at how Alibaba is seeking increased brand engagement, Anheuser-Busch making a play for the esports industry, a USPTO call for comments, Albania’s accession to the Geneva Act and much more.
The government of Canada has confirmed when new regulations for plain packaging on tobacco products will come into force, as the spread of plain packaging continues at an increasingly rapid pace.
There are many Canadian trademark laws, regulations and statutes regarding selection, labelling and advertising in the food and recreational cannabis industries – all of which affect long-term branding rights and enforcement.
Trademark reforms proposed by the Canadian government are positive for brand owners, with mechanisms to tackle trademark squatting and modernised dispute resolution proceedings.
In Quality Program Services Inc v Canada, the Federal Court of Canada has held that official marks do not insulate their holders from claims by third parties.
With Canada set to legalise recreational cannabis, our latest opinion column looks at why trademark counsel should watch this development closely.
The Consortium for Common Food Names has praised the new USMCA trade deal, claiming it “marks a sea change” in GI policy. In a strongly-worded statement, it also hits out at the EU for “monopolising common names and terms”.
Following the announcement of a new major trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, we reached out to IP experts to explore their views on the IP aspects of the new deal.
Unregistered trademarks do not have statutory protection in Canada. The owner of an unregistered mark may enforce its rights, but this necessitates the establishment of a reputation through extensive use of the mark in Canada.
Canada will soon allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. A new survey finds two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded packaging for this new market of cannabis products.
With the legalisation of recreational cannabis impending in Canada, new business models and opportunities are emerging for a surprising variety of brand owners.
The USTR has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, and Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP”.
In our latest round-up, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data and the war of words over plans for an IP markets watch list.
Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.