IP Connections

July/August 2011

Brave new trademarks — brandverbs and beyond

Brandverbing and fluid marks are just two examples of the risks that brand owners and marketing professionals are willing to take in order to reap the benefits of increased interest and exposure in this competitive economy.

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Valuable patents for seemingly simple innovations

Innovations relating to a product's packaging, user interface and aesthetic appearance can sometimes seem overly simple and therefore of less importance than innovations relating to the complex technology that goes into the product. However, it is often these seemingly simple innovations that provide substantial commercial value.

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Compensation for costs in IP-related proceedings in Canada

When a legal or other IP-related proceeding reaches a conclusion, it is often assumed that the successful party will be compensated for its costs. However, while compensation for a portion of the legal costs can be recovered in some proceedings, this is not always the case.

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"Made in Canada" and "Product of Canada" claims receive guidance from the Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has clarified its approach to enforcing "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" claims with the release of its revised Enforcement Guidelines Relating to "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" Claims.

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Decision in F1 dispute: two "Lotus" teams can co-exist

As reported in the March/April 2011 edition of IP Connections, a dispute arose before commencement of the 2011 Formula One season over use of the TEAM LOTUS mark in F1. A decision was rendered on May 27, 2011, and the English High Court determined that Group Lotus has no legal entitlement to stop 1MRT from using the mark TEAM LOTUS in F1.

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Recent developments in brief

Nortel patent portfolio sold for $4.5 billion

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And another record breaker...

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Once social outcasts, geeks have now become popular

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The Supreme Court of Canada issues a trademark related decision

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Rankings and recognitions

Firm receives top recognition in IAM 250: Guide to the World's Leading Patent Litigators 2011

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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh achieves top ranking in IP law in the 2011 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

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Firm achieves top ranking in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2011 edition

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Firm dominates in PLC Cross-border IP in Business Transactions Handbook 2011/12

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