IP Connections

Sound marks: A Canadian renaissance

In addition to traditional trademarks, sounds and combinations of sounds can be a powerful indicator of source. A recent Federal Court decision and change in Trademarks Office policy have paved the way for sound marks in Canada.

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Patent middlemen: Helping owners make cents of their patents

In recent years, a variety of players specializing in intermediating patent transactions has emerged. For patent holders, these players may provide new ways of conveniently accessing prospective buyers and generating revenue.

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Fighting back against the "trademark bullies"

The topic of "trademark bullying" has generated a lot of interest in recent times. Internet sites that draw attention to purported "trademark bullies" and sites that claim to help the "bullied" are prevalent.

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Patent protection for medical inventions in various jurisdictions

Companies that sell products in different global markets may wish to seek patent protection for their inventions in multiple jurisdictions. For products such as medical devices, there may be special considerations for patenting in various jurisdictions due to the use of such products in medical treatment methods.

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How to ensure your ownership in copyright

When it comes time to enforce copyright, problems may be encountered due to the owner not having correctly perfected their ownership or not having tracked information that may be required to effectively enforce their rights. In what follows we discuss a few issues that may help to ensure your ability to effectively perfect ownership in and enforce copyright.

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RANKINGS AND RECOGNITIONS

Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh is proud to have been recognized with four prestigious awards by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property
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Firm achieves top ranking in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2012 edition
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Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh tops WTR 1000 rankings and is recognized as a "trademark powerhouse"
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