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Franchise and Distribution News - March 2017

Is your dispute, subject to arbitration under your Franchise Agreement, going to be litigated in court? As we all know, using arbitration clauses in commercial agreements is pretty commonplace—particularly in the...more

Trade-Marks in Canada: Proper Use and Maintenance

Proper usage is essential to protecting and maintaining valuable rights in trade-marks. The general rule is ‘use it or lose it’: unless a trade-mark is actually used continuously in connection with products or services,...more

Trade-Marks in Canada: Processing of Applications

The Office of the Registrar of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) processes applications for trade-mark registration based on the steps below. All the time-frames are approximate. 1. Formalities...more

Trade-Marks in Canada: Selecting a Strong Mark

Given the potential value of trade-marks in almost every business and the costs of building brand awareness in the marketplace, the selection of an enforceable trade-mark is crucial. Clients ought to consider the matters set...more

Trade-Marks in Canada: Procedures and Estimated Costs

Using an unregistered mark, confers only limited rights and protections on the user/owner. Registration provides enhanced rights and advantages, including...more

Copyright Protection in Canada for Artists

In Canada, “copyright” refers to the bundle of rights conferred by the Copyright Act (the Act) on the copyright owner and author of a work. The owner of copyright has the sole right to produce or reproduce a work (or a...more

Major Changes Enacted for Canadian Trademark Law

The biggest changes to Canadian trademark law in 60 years are coming soon - most should be in force before the end of 2014. The changes will affect everyone whose business involves branding in Canada. While all of the...more

8/27/2014  /  Canada , Trademarks

Intellectual Property Legal News - October 2013 - Volume 1, Number 5 (Global)

In This Issue: - “TRADEMARK” OR “TRADE-MARK”? EVEN THE SPELLING DIFFERS BETWEEN CANADIAN AND AMERICAN LAW: The title says it all. Despite sharing a border, there are many differences between Canadian and United...more

10/21/2013  /  Canada , China , Trademarks

Intellectual Property Legal News - June 3, 2013 • Volume 1, Number 3

In This Issue: - CANADA’S LONG-AWAITED COPYRIGHT MODERNIZATION TAKES EFFECT: To much fanfare and after years of debate and consultation, the government of Canada passed the most important reforms to Canadian...more

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