Tri-Cities Law Blog

Intellectual Property

February 19th, 2015

Hard Hat – Some Protection, but Not Enough

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision upheld the trial decision that Société Laurentides Inc. (“SLI”) did not infringe the trade-mark of Osmose-Pentox Inc.(“OPI”).  SLI produced wood primers under the…

February 5th, 2015

  Recently, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (“ICBC”) lost a trade-mark dispute against Stainton Ventures Ltd. (“Stainton”), which owns the website <>.  A full version of the decision is…

January 12th, 2015

HALAL and KOSHER – potential trade-marks?

I came across an interesting case today: Islamic Society of North America – Canada v. Bank of Montreal, in which the Trade-Marks Opposition Board (“TMOB”) was asked to consider whether…

December 30th, 2014

New Year’s Trade-Mark Checkup

Every year, I recommend that businesses perform a “checkup” on their branding and advertising to ensure proper usage of their trademarks. First, recall that even though a trademark may be…

August 28th, 2014

Changes to the Trade-marks Act

On June 19, 2014 the Canadian government ratified a bill which will modernize our current Trade-marks Act, and with it comes sweeping changes to the methods and processes behind trademark…


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