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Archive for June 2018

Canada’s Imminent Trademark Law Changes Attract Brand Trolls to Canada

Back in 2014, Canada ratified the adoption of three international trademark treaties that will impact aspects of domestic Canadian trademarks law.  These are the most significant changes made to Canadian trademarks law in 50 years.  The implementation of these treaties into domestic law has been slow.  (And by that we mean: sloooooow).  Four years later,…

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Canada Looks to Bolster Protection of Traditional Knowledge

Every artist has their muse, and sometimes that muse is a foreign culture. But what happens when that inspiration is considered cultural theft? Growing concerns around cultural appropriation have many artists asking: “where is the line between inspiration and theft?” For some cultural groups, the issue is not being acknowledged or properly compensated for use…

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Protecting your Rights to your Namesake Brand

Namesake brands are common place.  Designers launch their fashion brand using their name.  Celebrities merchandise themselves out using their own name.  Chefs license their name to create a myriad of food-related products.  Fitness instructors create fitness plans under their own name.  It’s a branding trend that is unlikely to go away.  However, careful consideration must…

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