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  • New notification process at the Trademarks Office

    The new provisions of the Trademarks Act allow for earlier intervention with the Registrar in an attempt to prevent the registration of trademarks that create confusion with registered or applied-for trademarks through a notification system. As the owner of pending or registered trademarks in (…)

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  • The countdown is on to protect your trademarks in Canada

    A few weeks before the coming into force of the amendments to the Trade-marks Act, the following is a reminder of the actions you should consider taking before June 17, 2019 to protect your rights and save costs. Actions To Take Benefits Renew your registrations and classify your (…)

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  • Why register your brands with the Amazon Brand Registry

    If you sell your products on Amazon, you can benefit from enrolling your trademarks with the Amazon Brand Registry. The Amazon Registry is a free program accessible to monitor brands on Amazon’s website. This program includes proprietary search tools designed specifically to help online merchants (…)

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  • A picture is worth a thousand woes!

    A recent Federal Court decision 1 reiterates the importance of protecting the main design elements featured on products and packaging. This decision also recalls the dangers of too closely mimicking the appearance of a competitor’s products. Goudreau Gage Dubuc, one of the leading (…)

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  • New regulations for the owners of non-French trade-marks

    On November 24th, 2016, the Quebec government has adopted new regulations regarding the public display of non-French trade-marks in Quebec. The new regulations may be summarized as follows: trade-marks do not have to be translated into French but French language must be sufficiently present in all (…)

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  • Update: Metatags at the Federal Court of Appeal

    In December 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal rendered its judgment in the case of Red Label Vacations Inc. ( v. 411 Travel Buys Limited ( 1. The Court dismissed all grounds of appeal and upheld the decision of the Federal Court. Background and Federal Court decision Red (…)

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  • The Charter of the French Language reviewed by the Court of Québec

    The Court of Québec has recently examined the application of the Charter of the French Language (the “Charter”) in the case of Boulangerie Maxie’s 1. This decision provides clarification as to what constitutes a “markedly predominant” use of the French language in advertising and public signs. The (…)

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