Canadian Trademark Registration VS. Domain Name Registration

By Dave Macdonell on April 24, 2013

Clients often ask me if there’s anything they can do, aside from registering their trademark, to protect their brand. I usually suggest domain name registration if they haven’t already done it. Domain name registration can be an important part of brand protection, but it has to be done very carefully. The choice of domain name […]

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Canadian Trademark Registration: Licensing Your Trademark

By Dave Macdonell on April 18, 2013

So you want to license your registered trademark?  Here’s a brief overview of some of the most important considerations when licensing a registered trademark in Canada. Trademark licensing is a complex topic and this is buy no means an exhaustive list.  However, it does provide a brief outline of the requirements for trademark licensing under […]

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Is US Trademark Registration Required for Canadians

By Dave Macdonell on April 14, 2013

This blog series is intended to answer frequently asked questions about trademarks and trademark registration in Canada.  One of the questions we get asked most often by clients is whether they need to register their Canadian trademark in the United States. The answer is maybe. Here’s what you should consider before registering your trademark in the […]

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Beyond Canadian Trademark Registration

By Dave Macdonell on April 10, 2013

What happens if you don’t register your trademark in each country in which you operate?  Well, the first thing you should do is to sit down with an experienced trademark lawyer in Canada to discuss alternative means of foreign trademark protection. Your trademark lawyer will also be able to advise you as to the strengths […]

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Canadian Trademark Registration 101: How to File a Registrability Claim

By Dave Macdonell on April 6, 2013

So you’ve read the Trade-mark’s Act Canada, and you’re concerned that your trade-mark is ineligible for Canadian trademark registration. A good trademark lawyer will advise on you on your options.  This could mean re-branding entirely, or it could mean that you simply need to file a registrability claim along with your original application to register […]

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How Long Does Trademark Registration (Canada) Last?

By Dave Macdonell on March 20, 2013

Clients often ask us, “Once my application to register a trademark in Canada is allowed, how long does trademark registration last?” Well, by virtue of the Trademark’s Act Canada, a trademark registration (Canada only) is valid for 15 years from the date of registration or the date of last renewal. This means that you will […]

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Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada? – Part 4

By Dave Macdonell on March 16, 2013

Over the last few weeks, we’ve discussed the importance trademark registrability when selecting a trademark. First, we discussed the general concept of trademark registerability, and the various sections of the Trade-mark’s Act Canada dealing with prohibitions to trademark registrations. These sections of the Trade-mark’s Act Canada are quite complex and beyond the scope of this […]

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