Happy Birthday Canada! Canada’s 150 Logo and Your Brand

On May 10, 2017, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

The Canada 150 logo is being made available for use by any organization/company that applies for a license from Heritage Canada. As a licensee, the license holder is authorized to use the Canada 150 logo for either commercial or non-commercial purposes, the former of which is defined as either: (a) the reproduction of the logo […]

The European Community Trademark Reform and What It Means For Canadian Brand Owners

On February 18, 2016, in News, Trademarks, Uncategorized, by Paula Clancy

On December 24, 2015, a new Regulation (EU No. 2015/2424) was published which will bring several significant changes to the Community Trademark system.  The Regulation will come into force on March 23, 2016.  The aim of the Community Trademark Reform is to harmonize the existing national EU trade mark system. What are some of the […]

Canada Concludes Negotiations on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On January 19, 2016, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

Canada has concluded negotiations with 11 other countries (including Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, and Peru) to create the Trans-Pacific free trade zone (the largest free trade zone in the world).  The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was released on November 5 2015. The TPP Agreement will need to be ratified by Canada before […]

CIPO Will Accept Applications with NICE Classifications in Fall 2015

On June 30, 2015, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

CIPO has issued a news release indicating that it will begin accepting trademark applications filed with their goods and services grouped and classed according to the Nice Classification later this year.  This international classification standard  was established by the Nice Agreement and is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is not clear […]

New Combating Counterfeit Products Act Procedures Will Help Brand Owners

On January 22, 2015, in News, Trademark Tips, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

The Combating Counterfeit Products Act came into force on January 1, 2015.  In addition to expanding the definition of trademark infringement to include the manufacture, possession, import and export of protected goods for the purpose of sale or distribution, the Act creates new criminal offences of copyright and trademark infringement.  Penalties for knowingly infringing on […]

Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) Passed in House of Commons

On October 7, 2014, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

The Combating Counterfeit Products Act is one step closer to being passed into law.  Bill C-8 (formerly Bill C-56) received first reading in the Senate on October 2, 2014.   The aim of Bill C-8 is to strengthen Canada’s laws against counterfeiting and to give Customs Officials greater powers to stop counterfeit products from entering Canada.  Some of […]

Feds Release CETA Text

On October 1, 2014, in CETA, News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

On September 26, 2014, the Canadian Federal Government released the much-anticipated text for CETA (otherwise known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe).  The Government has indicated that the text has been released for information purposes only, and reflects the end of the negotiations between Canada and the EU.  However, the […]

Moving Closer to Trademark Law Harmonization – CIPO joins OHIM Database of Goods and Services

On August 30, 2014, in News, Trademark Tips, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

On August 25, 2014, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) joined the European Community Trademark Office (OHIM) database of goods and services,  TMclass.   TMclass is an online tool, with over 60,000 entries in 28 languages, that allows trademark practitioners to verify whether a particular term is acceptable in other national trademark offices.  Canada joins over […]

OHIM Changes Practice for Black and White Marks

On August 30, 2014, in News, Trademark Tips, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

On June 2, 2014, the European Community Trade-mark Office (known as “OHIM”), changed its practice for trade0marks filed in black and white or gray-scale.  Specifically, while a black and white registration was thought to cover all colour variants of the mark, OHIM’s new policy suggests that this is no longer the case.  Under the new […]

Paula Clancy Recognized in WTR1000 2014

On April 7, 2014, in News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

For the fourth consecutive year, Paula has been recognized as one of the world’s leading trademark professionals in World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 publication.  World Trademark Review (WTR) undertakes extensive research to compile exhaustive listings of the leading firms and individual practitioners offering high-level advice on issues relating to trademarks. This fourth edition of the WTR […]