IP Connections

Computer icons: Multiple protection options, one valuable IP asset

As computing devices with graphical user interfaces become more and more popular, computer icons are increasingly in the eyes and minds of consumers. Although many are generic and primarily functional, some computer icons can embody trademarks, copyright, inventions, and other protectable intellectual property rights.

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Trademark searches: important and cost-effective tools for proactive rights management

To properly protect a trademark, it is important to monitor not only the marketplace but also the Trademark Registers in relevant countries/jurisdictions to identify applications for potentially problematic trademarks.

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Recent successes in patenting business methods in Canada

In view of the recent Amazon decisions, it is clear that the door to patenting business methods is open in Canada.

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Certification marks: How Canada's trademark system allows industry to set the standard

A certification mark is a special kind of trademark that can be registered by an organization and then licensed for use by others to denote that their products or services meet a defined standard. There are many different ways that Canadian businesses and the general public can benefit from this unique regime.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BRIEF

Tiffany attempts to put Costco through the ringer for trademark infringement
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Federal Court presses Bodum for using a generic term as a trademark
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Bill for combating counterfeit products proposes amendments to the Trademark and Copyright Acts
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Access Copyright fights back as schools opt out of licenses
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RANKINGS AND RECOGNITIONS

Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh repeats Top Tier ranking in Managing Intellectual Property's World IP Survey
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Smart & Biggar tops the rankings in Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
"A heavyweight in the Canadian market"
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Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh is proud to have been recognized with the Canadian Trademark Milestone Case of the Year award by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property
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Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh recognized in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners
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Keltie Sim Luft

Peter A. Elyjiw

Paul den Boef

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The preceding is intended as a timely update on Canadian intellectual property law. To request a copy of any decision, paper or legislative document, or for more detailed information or to make suggestions, kindly contact an author of the relevant article or Keltie Sim Luft. The contents of this newsletter are informational only and do not constitute legal or professional advice. To obtain such advice, please communicate with our offices directly.

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