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Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Proposed Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

Not to be upstaged by China, who recently proposed changes to its Trademark Law, the Government of Canada proposed substantial changes to its Trade-marks Act on March 28, 2014. Several of these changes were proposed to align...more

Bill C-31 Proposes Major Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

The Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill which makes changes to nearly 40 different pieces of legislation. Among these amendments are changes...more

Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at...more

Full Class Heading Does Not Cover “All Services” in the United States

Trademark owners outside the United States often find it useful to file U.S. applications based on priority from an application or registration in their home country, or as an extension of protection from an International...more

New Proposed USPTO Rules for International Design Protection

U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more

Rockin' all Over the World: Continue to Protect Your Brand as More Countries Join the Madrid Protocol

It became easier for brand owners to achieve global trade mark protection for their brands when Australia became a party to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the...more

The Madrid Protocol: Passage to India Now Open

We previously reported that India was scheduled to become the 90th member of the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Trademarks (the “Protocol”). We noted that this was a gratifying prospect, since...more

The Madrid Protocol: A Passage to Indian Trademark Registration

The Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Trademarks (the “Protocol”) provides a simple, unified, cost-effective means for citizens of member countries (including the United States) to register their...more

The Madrid System Is Expanding: Is Your Trademark Portfolio Covered?

As more countries join the Madrid Protocol System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid System), trademark owners should be sure to take full advantage of this trademark registration option. There are now 89...more

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