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
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
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.
On March 28, 2012, the Canadian Trade-marks Office (TMO) announced that it will be accepting sound mark applications effective immediately. On the same day, the TMO published the first advertisement of a Canadian sound mark application in the Canadian Trade-marks Journal at page 2 – application No. 714314 for MGM’s roaring lion sound mark, filed … Continue reading
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.