Think You Can Make Your Trade-mark Not Deceptively Misdescriptive By Stating the Country of Origin on the Product Packaging? Think Again…
Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has upheld an Trade-marks Opposition Board decision stating that a trade-mark is still deceptively misdescriptive of a product’s country of origin even if the product’s packaging contains an accurate country of origin statement.
Interbrand’s 100 Best Global Brands 2009 has been announced. Unsurprisingly, the value of financial services brands declined dramatically in the recession, while food companies’ valuations improved. Surprisingly, the majority of luxury fashion houses on the list have increase their rank relative to 2008 despite the recession and decreased brand value. On a patriotic note, the two Canadian companies on the 2008 list have increased their 2009 ranking.
On May 26, 2009, Canada’s Health Minister introduced proposed legislative amendments which further restrict tobacco product advertising.
The Competition Bureau recently announced that it is taking steps to ensure that bamboo fabrics are labelled and marketed in accordance with Canadian laws. Under Canada’s Textile Labelling Act (“TLA”) and associated regulations, “bamboo” is not an acceptable generic name for a textile fibre unless the fibre consists of natural bamboo that has been mechanically … Read more