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By Victoria Carrington,
Trademark

The Thymes Case – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

A recent case decided by the Federal Court of Canada in February this year has both clarified and clouded the issue of how to perfect the filing basis of use and registration abroad. In Canada, applicants must identify one or more ground(s) on which they seek to rely for obtaining a trademark registration.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Domain Name

Trademark Clearinghouse – To Protect Existing Trademark Owners

ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse is set to begin accepting registrations on March 26, 2013. From that date, trade-mark owners can upload their trade-mark data — qualifying it for the service.
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By Victoria Carrington,
Copyright, Trademark

Bill C-56 Sneaks in Changes to the Trademarks Act

Significant changes to both the Canadian Trademarks Act and the Copyright Act may be coming in the near future, as the federal government seeks to bring Canada in line with the requirements of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by introducing Bill C-56—the Combating Counterfeit Products Act.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Trademark

Significant Changes Proposed to the Trade-Marks Act in Canada

The government of Canada has just introduced Bill C-56 — Combating Counterfeit Products Act — in which a number of significant changes to the Trade-Marks Act are set out. The first reading of the bill was on March 1, 2013 and more changes may occur before it passes into law.
Among the most important changes are the following:
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By Aventum IP Law,
Litigation, Trademark

CASE LAW UPDATE: No foreign use? Your Canadian trade-mark registration may be at risk

Validity of Canadian trade-mark registrations based solely on ‘‘use and registration abroad” called into question.
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