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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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Canada Considers Amending Privacy Laws to Better Manage Online Reputation

Froese Law’s philosophy is that every individual and every company has a brand. In some instances, elevating an individual’s brand (such as the CEO, influencer, fitness guru, chef, magazine editor, etc.) indirectly flows through to elevating the company’s brand, and vice versa. Such branding interplay creates merchandising opportunities, licensing revenues and increased exposure. At the…

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Instagram Assists with Weeding Out Fake Influencers

Love them or hate them, influencers have become an integral part of many brands’ marketing campaign.  The benefit of influencer marketing campaigns is that the influencer’s endorsement targets a specific on-brand demographic.  Moreover, influencer endorsements can have the appearance of being more authentic: every day people using every day products in their every day lives. …

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Is your Brand Patriotic?

When dealing with consumer facing, heavily branded products, services and celebrity lines, it is important to stand out in the marketplace.  Ensuring that your company’s brand resonates with real and potential consumers is critical.  Being strategic in determining all of the different factors that evoke an emotional response by the consumer is tantamount. In today’s…

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Is Street Art and Graffiti Copyright Protected?

H & M landed itself in hot water last week from a legal and public relations standpoint. Interestingly, it shone a spotlight on how graffiti and street art should or could be protected. In fact, Founder of Froese Law, Ashlee Froese jumped on to Toronto’s CityNews to weigh in on the issues. Click here for…

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Expanding Market Opporunities through Licensing

Simply put, licensing is a business tool that commercializes your business’ intellectual property and brand.  Through intellectual property laws, the intellectual property owner is able to create a monopoly, restricting third parties from using/commercializing its intellectual property.  Licensing creates a controlled mechanism for third parties to use the intellectual property, which creates an additional revenue…

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Cannabis: Architecting your Dope Message

Slowly, but surely, Canada has been taking measured steps to legalize cannabis for mass consumption.  Whereas the cultivation of cannabis in Canada and sale for medicinal purposes is currently legal (and regulated by Health Canada), its full legalization for recreational consumption is imminent. What is the Status of the Cannabis Act? The Canadian House of…

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Legislative Review of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Every brand’s digital marketing campaign will likely include an email campaign.  With the adoption of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) in July 2014, sending commercial electronic messages has become a complicated, but necessary, feat. What is CASL? CASL was created to deter unsolicited commercial electronic messages, aka spam.  It applies to any individual or company that…

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Expanding your Brand Presence through Sponsorship

Corporate event sponsorships are an excellent and strategic way in which to promote a company’s brand to a diverse and wide audience and prospective consumer base.  On a global scale, some of the largest entertainment, fashion and sports events fall in January and February (Fashion Weeks, Superbowl, Winter Olympics, Grammy’s, Oscars).  Ever eager to explain…

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The Ultimate in Influencer Marketing: TV Product Placement

Our philosophy is that we live in a branded world. Smart, strategic consumer-facing companies are wise to architect ways that ensure consumers (real and potential) are engaging with their branded products and services in memorable, persuasive and/or pervasive ways. Such engagements do not have to be overt. In fact, sometimes subtle, unobvious methods of consumer…

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