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By Chantal Bertosa,
Trademark

Key Changes to the Trademarks Act and Implications for your Business

The long-awaited changes to the Trademarks Act will come into force on June 17, 2019.

In June 2014, significant changes to the Trademarks Act were approved by the Government.  After more than 3 years of uncertainty, the new Trademark Regulations were published on November 14, 2018 in the Canada Gazette, paving the way for implementation of the new legislation next summer.
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By Chantal Bertosa,
Trademark

Changements importants à la Loi sur les marques de commerce et implications pour votre entreprise

Les changements tant attendus à la Loi sur les marques de commerce entreront en vigueur le 17 juin 2019.

Au mois de juin 2014, des modifications importantes à la Loi sur les marques de commerce ont été approuvées par le gouvernement.  Après plus de 3 ans d’incertitude, le nouveau Règlement sur les marques de commerce a été publié le 14 novembre dernier dans la Gazette du Canada, ouvrant la voie à la mise en place de la nouvelle législation l'été prochain.
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By Katie Wang,
Industrial Design

Canada’s New Industrial Design Act and Regulations Came Into Force on November 5, 2018

On November 5, 2018, substantial amendments to the Industrial Design Act and Regulation came into force.  Major changes include Canada’s Accession to the Hague Agreement and amendments modernizing Canada’s industrial design law, as previously discussed.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Cannabis

Aventum’s Ashley Dumouchel is Making Waves in Cannabis Law

Ashley Dumouchel, lawyer with Aventum IP Law LLP, Ottawa, on the need to build globally recognizable brands

“The cannabis industry is very heavily regulated in terms of branding, labelling and packaging. I think the success of individual companies is going to rely on avoiding regulatory issues. The industry players need to manage their businesses within those branding regulations, but explore where the boundaries are.

"I think licensed producers can operate within the regulations and still distinguish themselves in the marketplace. If they can build strong brands now – and I think that is possible even with the regulatory hurdles – then they can eventually become known worldwide and export to other countries.”
Click here for the full article featured in the Globe and Mail.

For more information contact, Ashley Dumouchel.

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By Chantal Bertosa,
Cannabis, Intellectual Property

Operating a Cannabis Business? Identify your Competitive Advantage.

Canada will make its mark in history on October 17, 2018, when recreational cannabis will be legalized in Canada. There will be a huge influx of products and services that will be available to consumers in the next few years. With an industry expected to generate billions of dollars in revenues, new businesses will be created, which will lead to an increase in competition.
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