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.
Canada’s Trade-mark Office is seeking comments on a proposed Practice Notice regarding claims of foreign use and registration in Canadian trade-mark applications. The deadline to submit comments is November 15, 2009.
Twitter’s U.S. trade-mark application for TWEET has been refused because other applicants filed earlier applications for TWEET-containing trade-marks. The situation provides a valuable lesson on trade-mark filing strategy.
Canada’s Federal Court recently refused to expunge a trade-mark registration based on the the U.S. doctrine of fraud on the trade-marks office. The Declaration of Use for the trade-mark registration at issue contained an innocent misstatement.
Robert Lehrman of Bevlog brought to my attention a recent U.S. Federal Court of Appeals decision concerning the registrability of a vodka trade-mark, MOSKOVSKAYA, applied for by Spirits International, N.V. The case is interesting in that it shows that in the U.S., the relevant population for assessing a foreign language trade-mark is the relevant consuming … Continue reading