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Trademark

The Importance of Trademark Monitoring

You have found yourself in the enviable position of having a successful business with a recognizable brand name. You did your due diligence: Before selecting your brand name, you consulted your trademark agent to make sure your idea was registrable. You searched the marketplace to make sure you would not interfere with the rights of others. You sought protection for that brand name by registering it as a trademark and you spent significant resources promoting the brand name to the public. You did everything right.
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By Mark Weir,
Industrial Design, Patent

I Just Disclosed My Invention – Can I Still Protect It?

A patent may be granted for an invention if it meets all of the statutory requirements including novelty, non-obviousness and utility. Industrial design protection may similarly be granted for new designs. In both cases, there is a requirement that the subject matter for which protection is being sought must not already be available to the public.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Trademark

The Benefits of Trademark Searching and Clearance

If you are considering launching a new brand in Canada, it is generally a good idea before investing in the launch, and even before filing a trademark application, to determine whether the proposed mark is available for use and registration.
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By Chantal Bertosa,
Trademark

Trademark Renewal and CIPO Courtesy Letter asking for Nice Classification

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) is now sending courtesy letters inviting trademark owners to group and class their goods or services under the Nice Classification at the time of renewal. Courtesy letters are being sent in anticipation of changes to the Trade-marks Act, now scheduled to take place in 2019.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Intellectual Property

Budget Update: 2017

In its 2017 budget, the Canadian Federal Government announced its “Intellectual Property Strategy 2017,” in which “the Government will develop a new intellectual property strategy over the coming year. The strategy will help ensure that Canada’s intellectual property regime is modern and robust and supports Canadian innovations in the 21st century.”
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