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- Geographic Names as Trademarks
Geographic Names as Trademarks Many businesses choose trademarks containing geographic names (e.g. city, neighbourhood, street) as it helps attract consumers by identifying the location of the business (e.g. Yorkville Bakery). However, trademark registration is extremely difficult for trademarks tha … Read more »
- What is Inherent Distinctiveness?
Under the new Trademarks Act which came into effect June 17, 2019, Trademark Examiners will now assess a trademark as to whether it has inherent distinctiveness. Inherent Distinctiveness Inherent Distinctiveness means that the trademark has sufficient features to act as a distinguishable identifier … Read more »
- Patents: Third Party Rights
Changes to the Patent Act & Patent Rules take effect October 30, 2019. One change that is very important to be aware of is the introduction of Third Party Rights. Third Party Rights Third Party Rights will now arise during the period of time after an applicant/patent owner fails to take a required a … Read more »
- Secure your brand with Trademark Registration
Over 60,000 trademark applications were filed in Canada in 2018. Is your brand one of them? Trademark Registration vs. Other business registrations Many business owners mistakenly believe that registering their corporation name or business name with the government will protect their brand name from … Read more »
- What is Acquired Distinctiveness?
An objection to a trademark as being primarily merely a name (Section 12(1)(a) of the Trademarks Act) or as being clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive (Section 12(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act) may be overcome if the Applicant can show that the trademark was distinctive as of the dating o … Read more »