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Canada’s IP and antitrust enforcement guidelines

The Canadian Competition Bureau has published updated guidelines relating to the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the antitrust (competition) rules.

Primary Health Care is not registrable as a trade mark

You will probably not be surprised to discover that PRIMARY HEALTH CARE is not registrable as a trade mark. You may, however, be surprised that the successful challenger was the Commonwealth of Australia. Primary Health Care Limited (PHC) applied to register PRIMARY HEALTH CARE and in class 35 for:[1] Medical centre business management; medical centre business administration; service provider to medical professionals, namely provider of: administrative support services, billing and.. Read More

Keywords Are Not Trade Mark Use

Katzmann J has ruled that keywords are not trade mark use, but found some of the sponsored links themselves infringed.

Playgro v Playgo

PLAYGRO v PLAYGO Well, you’ll never guess what? It turns out that: is deceptively similar to: No April Fool’s. Now, maybe some of you (like me) are thinking, “Wait a minute, there must be ‘gazillions’ of trade marks for toys with PLAY in them. That’s true, but the second syllables of the verbal elements are just too close, both visually and aurally. As Moshinsky J explained: In my view, the.. Read More