IP Treaties

The government has tabled five intellectual property treaties in the House of Commons:

  • Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid Protocol”),
  • Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (“Singapore”),
  • Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (“Nice”),
  • Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“Hague”), and
  • the Patent Law Treaty.

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Canadian Trademark Firms in 2013

About 50,400 trademark applications were filed in Canada in 2013. Of these, about 20% were filed in-house or without an agent (about the same as in the last couple of years). Gowlings, Smart & Biggar and Bereskin & Parr were the firms that filed the most trademark applications. Check out my list of the 50 firms/agents that filed the most applications in 2013. Continue reading Canadian Trademark Firms in 2013

IP at the USSC

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court granted cert in four IP related proceedings: POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola – standing under the Lanham Act to challenge labelling; Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies – does inducing patent infringement require direct infringement; Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments – standard for indefiniteness in patent claims; and ABC, Inc., v. Aereo, Inc. – copyright infringement and public transmissions over the Internet.

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