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Class Changes

The federal government has proposed significant changes to the Trade-marks Act, including one change that could eventually lead to higher costs for Canadian trademark prosecution. 

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The BCCA takes a Peck out of Registered Trademark Rights

Owners of registered trademarks are granted powerful rights under the Trade-marks Act.

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Are Pirates Preferable to Trolls?

We’ve recently posted about patent trolls (Beating the Ugly Out of Trolls, 2013), including the adverse effect that they have on patent development and consumer costs, as well as some...

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Industrial Designs – Not Just Another Pretty Face

Industrial design registrations, AKA design patents in the U.S. and some other countries, are often seen as the “poor man’s patent” – something to consider only if you’ve got a great invention, but not the money to pursue a “real” (utility) patent. 

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Consenting Views

A common objection raised during trademark prosecution is confusion with an existing trademark registration. One approach to overcoming such an objection is to secure a consent agreement from the owner of the cited registration.

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