Insights

Canadian government introduces new anti-counterfeiting measures

On March 1, 2013, the Government of Canada introduced new anticounterfeiting legislation in draft form for consideration to Parliament.

Changes in the US patent law impacting IP business decisions

The American legislature has recently passed the America Invents Act, a long awaiting attempt at patent reform.

Use It or Lose It – Importance of Use to a Trademark Owner

In order to maintain the validity of a Canadian trademark registration, the trademark must be used as registered. Trademark usage is what actually supports the ongoing validity of your trademark in the marketplace.

Supreme Court of Canada: Trademark confusion test

The Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc. provides a recent precedential review of the law around trademark confusion.

Can a sound be registered as a trademark in Canada?

The Federal Court trial division has indicated the opinion that sounds are registrable as trademarks before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.