Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Canadian Trade-mark Regulations Governing Oppositions

Canada’s Trade-mark Opposition Board is seeking input on proposed amendments to the Trade-marks Regulations governing oppositions and geographical indications. The deadline for comments is September 20, 2010.

New Canadian trade-mark opposition rules on March 31, 2009

A new Practice Notice governing Canadian trade-marks oppositions comes into effect March 31, 2009.

The word “Glen” can be used in non-Scottish whisky trade-marks

In the latest battle in the fight between Glenora Distillers and the Scotch Whisky Association over the GLEN BRETON trade-mark, the Federal Court of Canada (FCA) recently allowed the registration of the GLEN BRETON trade-mark trade-mark for single-malt whiskey. The FCA ruled that the word “glen” does not designate a whisky’s country of origin and is therefore not a generic term that is an unregistrable trade-mark under Canada’s Trade-mark Act. The Association is considering a further appeal

Consultation on a new Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board Practice Notice

The Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board (TMOB) is consulting on a new proposed Practice Notice regarding proposed amendments to Canadian trade-mark opposition procedures. The deadline to provide comments to the TMOB is October 24, 2008. Information on where to send comments is provided here. The proposed Practice Notice, in addition to introducing changes to the TMOB’s … Continue reading