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The Trademark’s Rightful Queen

By Dave MacDonell on October 11, 2017

The Trademark’s Rightful Queen Headlines recently broke that Edmonton based bakery ‘Dauphine Bakery and Bistro’, formerly ‘Queen of Tarts’ Bakery has been found to have infringed another Ontario bakery owner’s trademark. In a previous blog post we discussed some of the advantages of holding a registered trademark. The Queen of Tarts story is a clear […]

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Trademark dilution maintenance – Don’t lose your “circle R”

By Dave MacDonell on September 25, 2017

This video by Velcro® explains the important concept of trademark dilution. Trademark dilution is what happens when your brand name becomes a generic term that no longer serves as a means of identifying the origin of a brand’s goods or services. Once you’ve registered your trademark, “Don’t lose your ®”

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How Long Does Trademark Registration Last?

By Dave MacDonell on March 20, 2013

How Long Does Trademark Registration Last? 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 Canada’s Trademaks Act, a trademark registration (Canada only) is valid for 15 years from the date of registration or the date of last […]

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

By Dave MacDonell on March 16, 2013

Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada 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 […]

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Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada? – Part 3

By Dave MacDonell on March 12, 2013

Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada This is the third instalment in our ‘trademark registrability’ blog series. In the past two posts we discussed some of the provisions of the Trademark’s Act’s that could prevent registration of certain words or phrases. These provisions dealt with trademarks that contain names or surnames as well […]

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Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada? – Part 2

By Dave MacDonell on March 9, 2013

Is Your Trademark Eligible for Registration in Canada? – Part 2 In last week’s blog post we looked at the concept of registrability – whether a mark is eligible for trademark registration in Canada under the Trademark’s Act. Not all trademarks can be registered in Canada, so once you’ve selected your trademark it is always […]

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Can Your Trademark be Registered in Canada?

By Dave MacDonell on March 7, 2013

Can Your Trademark be Registered in Canada – Names or Surnames When choosing a trademark to register, it is important to consider any impediments to trademark registration that may be encountered. The registrability of your chosen trademark is one such consideration. In this four-part blog series we discuss the topic of trademark registrability, and provide […]

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