Documents Now Available in Electronic Form on the Canadian Patents Database
As of June 15, 2015, the Canadian Patents Database provides a link to some documents relating to the prosecution of published patent applications and granted patents. The range of documents available is certainly incomplete due to “technical problems”, but it will be helpful to see Examiners Reports without ordering CD’s…
Recent Decision Confirms Industrial Designs Can Protect Functional Features That Are Also Aesthetic
A recent decision of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal in the Zero Spill Systems Inc. v. Heide, 2015 FCA 115 case confirmed that Canadian Industrial Designs can protect features that are functional in nature, provided that these features also have an aesthetic component or aspect. In reversing part of…
ALTERNATIVE TO LITIGATION IN DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES
In today’s business environment, a Corporation’s brand is a vital part of its business. Counterfeiters, cyber-squatters and competitors often attempt to capitalize on a Corporation’s brand by registering domain names that are similar or the same as a Corporation’s trademark. A Corporation’s natural response is to send cease and desist…
Benefits of Trademark and Copyright Enforcement at the Border (Canada and US)
Canada Border Services Agency Protection Canada has recently enacted the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (presented as Bill C-8) on December 9, 2014, which provides a relatively new program that provides a first layer of intellectual property rights protection, in terms of both import and export, such as for Canadian trademark…
ICBC loses case against owner …
ICBC loses case against owner of www.ICBCadvice.com website. When filing a trademark application in Canada, one thing to keep in mind is whether or not it resembles, or be confused with or mistaken for another company or persons mark. An official mark can be a crest, emblem, sign, flag, etc….
Global Patent Prosecution Highway: An Option for Quicker Examination and Allowance of Your Patent Application
Started on January 6, 2014, the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a pilot project involving the intellectual property offices of 16 countries including Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well…
BIG STEEL MAN NO MORE
Palmer IP was recently successful in expunging (deleting from the register) the popular 1980’s trademarks BIG STEEL, BIG STEEL MAN and BIG STEEL HOMME, owned by Fairweather Ltd. The iconic 1980’s brands had fallen into disuse, and although Fairweather filed an appeal to the Federal Court over the expungements, it was…
Palmer IP TM Success in Metallica Case
Palmer IP succeeds in trade-mark opposition for client against the rock band Metallica.