Tri-Cities Law Blog

Intellectual Property

July 4th, 2014

Redskins trademark cancelled

I’d like to chime in about the recent trademark news concerning the Washington Redskins football team. If you are unaware of the recent controversy, the story begins at least as…

June 16th, 2014

Orange you using this trade-mark?

Scotiabank acquired ING Bank of Canada in 2012, and in November of 2013, applied for a trade-mark for a new name for the banking subsidiary, TANGERINE.  The name is fresh…

April 7th, 2014

No trademark in Europe? Pinterest-ing!

Businesses need to plan ahead and consider future markets for their trademarks. The popular photo-sharing website PINTEREST.COM (“Pinterest”) failed to secure trademark rights in Europe in November 2013 when the…

March 17th, 2014

Trademarks and … Clowns?

Next time you’re clowning around, be sure not to imitate any other clowns, or you could be held liable! All kidding aside, most artistic performers, and (according to Wikipedia) particularly…

March 6th, 2014

Maintenance of Trade-Marks

In both Canada and the US, trade-marks must be consistently used in their original state in order to maintain their validity.  In Canada, the Trade-Marks Office (“TMO”) only requires that…


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