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Doing Business in Canada: Intellectual Property Protection

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION - Effectively protecting a business’s intellectual property rights has become an increasingly important element of safeguarding the success of many businesses nowadays. The following is...more

Industrial Design as a Competitive Tool

Industrial design law in Canada protects the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which are applied to a product. Functional elements are not protected. ...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

Protection By Design: Industrial Design Law In Canada

Bodum – a maker of popular coffee-press and glass products – wanted to protect their design for a double-walled drinking glass in a competitive marketplace. Apple wanted to protect the design of their popular handsets like...more

Don’t Overlook Industrial Designs: Part 2

As mentioned in our previous post, industrial designs protect the visual features of a product (shape, configuration, pattern or ornament). Functional, utilitarian or useful elements are not eligible for protection. This was...more

Don’t Overlook Industrial Designs: Part 1

Industrial designs are like the shy cousins of much sexier patents and copyright. Sure, patents and copyright get all the attention, but industrial design can be a very reliable, useful tool in the intellectual property...more

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