Seven Principles to Follow When Contemplating Comparative Advertising in Canada (on

My latest column for Slaw‘s series of intellectual property columns, on the laws governing comparative advertising in Canada,  was published today. The column can be found here.

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

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.

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.

The 100 Best Global Brands 2009: Highlights

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.

Proposed amendments to Canada’s Tobacco Act would further limit cigarette advertising

On May 26, 2009, Canada’s Health Minister introduced proposed legislative amendments which further restrict tobacco product advertising.

Canada’s Competition Bureau targeting bamboo fabrics

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 … Continue reading