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    The IP Address blog publishes Canadian intellectual property and technology law news and commentary. The IP Address blog is written by Lorraine M. Fleck, a Toronto, Canada lawyer and trade-mark agent at Fleck & Chumak LLP. For more information on Lorraine, please visit

    Please note that the content on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Please see the Legal Notices section of this blog for more details.

Canada is about to become Nice-er: Canadian Intellectual Property Office to Accept Trademark Applications using the Nice Classification Starting this Fall

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently announced that starting Fall 2015, it will accept trademark applications with goods and services grouped and classed according to the Nice Classification. The implementation of the Nice Classification is in advance of Canada changing its trademark system as it joins the Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty. Future blog … Continue reading

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Interbrand’s Top 25 Canadian Brands 2014: Top Canadian brands are not hewers of wood or drawers of water*

On May 27, 2014, Interbrand released its biennial ranking of the Best Canadian Brands 2014. The ranking of the top 25 Canadian brands is based on Interbrand’s valuation criteria. The ranking is dominated by financial services, retailers, and telecommunication providers, with transportation, business services, beverage, and technology brands completing the list. Interbrand’s report shows that … Continue reading

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Technology Dominates Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2013

I recently wrote an article for the PCK Intellectual Property Reporter, an online publication of my firm Perry + Currier Inc. | Currier + Kao LLP, on the trends in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2013 ranking. The article can be found here.

IP Address Blog Updates for April 16, 2013

LES Toronto Chapter World IP Day FREE event features Ron Dimock & Don MacOdrum – Wed Apr 24 @ 6 pm: …… USSC hears the Myriad Genetics case | Justices Seem Wary of Bold Action in Gene Patent Case  GE Offering Thousands Of Its Patents In Exchange For Innovation  Apple licenses $10M in … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for March 11, 2013

Some Victims of Online Hacking Edge Into the Light  Germany Could Ban Google Maps Over Microsoft Patent Dispute  via @IBTimes @IntangibleBiz The Hudson’s Bay Company unveils new logo for Canada’s oldest department store  LCBO puts cork in wine club orders after privacy ruling  Backgrounder and tips on handling corporate Twitter hacks … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 25, 2013

Apple Is No Longer One Of The Hottest Brands In America  California Alleges 2 Clothing Firms Used Pirated Software  Life and Death Online and Facebook: Who Controls a Digital Legacy?  U.K. Supreme Court: Accountants do not have legal privilege  Canada | CN Rail v. McKercher tests the boundaries of ‘conflict of … Continue reading

The Past Can Come Back to Haunt You: The Danger of Backdated Copyright Assignments

My latest column for is a case comment on the dangers of backdated copyright assignments, and the questions those dealing with such assignments should ask when presented with such a document. These questions can be especially relevant when faced with a copyright dispute or purchasing intellectual property. The column can be found at

IP Address Blog Updates for January 22, 2013

Crowdsourcing as a way to defend against patent disputes Google Declares War on the Password Obscurity: A Better Way to Think About Your Data Than ‘Privacy’ Did Glee Rip Off a Jonathan Coulton Cover of ‘Baby Got Back’? Researchers Warn: Mega’s New Encrypted Cloud Doesn’t Keep Its Megasecurity Promises Sports … Continue reading

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IP Address Blog Updates for January 18, 2013

Game developers urge balanced approach in Biden probe of violence  After a year in the grave, can SOPA and Protect IP return?  This Google patent application had us at ‘laser keyboard’  Congressman touts draft bill aimed at mobile app privacy  Apple Says Appeals Court Hobbles Its Fight With Samsung  US … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 16, 2013

This makes me happy as a forestry grad | After forestry’s ‘dark decade,’ work force recruitment effort takes root Can the model for resurrecting interest in math and science among Canadian students be found in Tel Aviv?  Facebook unveils new ‘Graph Search’ social media tools  Civil libertarians fear Compass cards put passengers’ … Continue reading


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