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February 19th, 2014

The Olympics and Trade-marks

The Canadian Olympic Committee (“COC”) has recently sent a cease and desist letter to The North Face, alleging that its clothing and outerwear is in violation of trade-mark law.  The…

January 14th, 2014

Pirate Joe’s new fight: McDonald’s

For those who have been following my posts on the legal battle between Pirate Joe’s and Trader Joe’s (links: Part 1 and Part 2) can interpolate that the owner of…

December 12th, 2013

De Niro Shuts Down Vancouver Restaurant

In 1999, De Niro’s Supper Club was a popular restaurant establishment in downtown Vancouver.  At the time, the city was experiencing a large commercial growth in the film industry and…

October 31st, 2013

Bill C-8: Does it pass the smell test?

On October 28, 2013 the Canadian Parliament tabled legislation in Bill C-8 to update the Trade-marks Act.  I say again, since, prior to the recent prorogation of Parliament, these similar…

October 4th, 2013

Trader Joe’s Loses TM Battle

For those of you who have been following the heated battle between US-based Trader Joe’s and Canada-based Pirate Joe’s (refer to my previous blog post here), a major decision was…


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