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.
In our latest news digest, we look at an anti-monopoly committee in Uzbekistan clamping down on a Coca-Cola copy, the BBC drawing ire for perceived slogan nabbing, and much more.
In our latest news digest, we look at Disney powering up its brand with its 21st Century Fox acquisition, Chinese supermarkets removing fake Starbucks items from shelves, a football club losing a trademark fight, and much more.
Trademark reforms proposed by the Canadian government are positive for brand owners, with mechanisms to tackle trademark squatting and modernised dispute resolution proceedings.
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.
In our latest report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.
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”.
The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.
Canada is finally completing the last steps necessary for implementing its new trademark law, which will introduce significant changes.
In this news round-up, we look at how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products and how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting.
On June 6 2016 the Canadian Intellectual Property Office released for consultation the Fee-for-Service Proposal – Trademarks, which outlines proposed changes to the fees associated with filing and registering trademarks, and renewing trademark registrations, in Canada. The consultation period ends on July 5 2016.
The proposed changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act have proven controversial since they were announced back in March this year, and the final reading of Bill C-31 could reach the House Of Commons as early as next week. However, a number of practitioners are keen to outline the positives.
The Competition Bureau has released a draft update of its IP Enforcement Guidelines, which sets out the bureau's views concerning the manner in which the Competition Act will be applied to conduct involving IP rights. In addition, the bureau and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office have announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding calling for closer cooperation between the two agencies.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced that it will accept applications for the registration of trademarks consisting of sounds, with immediate effect. With a consultation period on the country’s trademark regulations currently open, future changes to the treatment of non-traditional marks could soon follow.
Read Canada's newly published report on the extent of the counterfeiting problem and you would think that the Canadian police are so overwhelmed by fakes that they are about to give up the fight. In fact, the police might just be throwing a political football to the government as a way of asking for help – but is this call for help going to fall on deaf ears?