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28 June 2019

Cannabis counterfeits; the campus consequence of <em>Brunetti</em>; and Anheuser-Busch eyes esports market: news digest 

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.

31 May 2019

KIPO launches all-women anti-counterfeiting group, Make Canada Great Again suit, and cannabis brands: news digest

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.

22 March 2019

Honeywell drops ‘.brand’, Canada joins Madrid, and IACC cracks down on iOffer: news digest

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.

09 November 2018

Why Canada’s unexpected trademark reforms are good news for brand owners

Trademark reforms proposed by the Canadian government are positive for brand owners, with mechanisms to tackle trademark squatting and modernised dispute resolution proceedings.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Canada

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.

29 June 2018

How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis

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.

30 April 2018

US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE

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”.

06 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

15 February 2018

Signed, sealed and almost delivered - new trademark law is in sight

Canada is finally completing the last steps necessary for implementing its new trademark law, which will introduce significant changes. 

03 October 2017

MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: news round-up

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.

30 June 2016

New trademark fees consultation

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.

06 June 2014

Despite the furore, there are some positives to Canada’s trademark plans

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.

02 May 2014

Competition Bureau releases draft update of IP Enforcement Guidelines

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.

30 March 2012

Canadian decision on sound marks paves way for future changes

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.

22 September 2010

Canada's police force sounds ready to give up on IP enforcement

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?