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

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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 States trademark law that lawyers and trademark owners should be aware of. The most noticeable, though relatively unimportant, is the difference in terminology. While the United States denote their core concepts as “trademark” and “goods”, Canadian legislators settled on the terms “trade-mark” and “wares”. For ease of reference, this article will use “trademark” when referring to both systems...

- CHINA’S NEW TRADEMARK LAW: GREATER PROTECTION, HIGHER PENALTIES AND MORE EFFICIENT REGISTRATION:

The new Trademark Law was passed on August 30, 2013, to take effect on May 1, 2014, after nearly 10 years of revisions and several rounds of public comment. China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress made a hearty attempt to outline ways to streamline trademark registration processing, afford greater protection for trademark owners and impose higher penalties as a way of deterring infringements...

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