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Trademark Expertise

Trademark law is a small category of the law, where the expertise of a trademark lawyer or trademark agent is highly recommended. In medicine, all doctors are technically qualified to help you. However, when you have a specific problem, you want and need to see a specialist. The same principle is applicable with trademark issues. In law, all lawyers went to law school to learn the law generally. However, trademark law is a sub-category of intellectual property law. In fact, intellectual property is in itself is a sub-category of the law. Therefore, not all lawyers know the ins and outs…
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October 18, 2019
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Trademark Search – Avoid unpleasant surprises

Before choosing a name, brand or applying for a trademark registration, a trademark search should be conducted. While this is optional, it alerts you of potentially confusing trademarks and thus saves you the cost of additional fees, including the costs of an opposition (i.e. a “abridged court-like proceeding” before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office) defending a trademark infringement litigation suit changing your name and stationery as well as having to inform your customers/suppliers that you are “re-branding”. This oversight can be both expensive and embarrassing. A trademark search should cover names which are similar to or the same as your…
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October 18, 2019
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Registering your trademark pays for itself

Brand recognition attracts paying customers and increases market access. A registered trademark is an asset by itself that can be worth billions. Google®, Yahoo® and The Body Shop® were unknown small businesses not so long ago. For instance, many family enterprises choose trademark registration as a means to safeguard the family name that has become widely associated with a product or service. A trademark registration protects your domain name and acts as a sword against copycats. In addition, if you want to franchise a business or license a product/service, it pays to have a government granted monopoly upon which you…
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October 18, 2019
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Protecting your Brand Equity – Standing Out in the Crowd

The success of your product or service today depends on the degree to which your trademark is distinctive from your competitors by use of a specific logo, brand, design, or technology. In other words, ask yourself how your trademark ‘stands out in the crowd?’. Protecting your branding/intellectual property with a trademark registration from imitation by competitors is key. In addition to distinguishing and protecting, the objective of a trademark registration is to act as a business tool to enhance the value of your business. You can even reserve a trademark before you use it by applying to register the trademark…
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October 18, 2019
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Doing Business Abroad – Exporting

Whether you are a Canadian company looking to sell your products or services abroad or a foreign company seeking to do business in Canada, identifying and protecting your intellectual property rights, such as trademark rights, that are associated with your products or services will mean the difference between profits and losses. This is where a trademark lawyer’s services may be of help. By applying for a trademark registration, you are staking your claim in your target markets to safeguard your sales and reputation from competitors or other imitators. Once you have applied for a trademark registration in Canada, you can,…
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October 18, 2019
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Why Obtain a Canadian Trademark Registration?

A trademark speaks to your brand, or how your business is identified by the public. If you value your business, product or service name, you are probably making a serious business mistake if you are using it without a trademark registration. Every company in Canada, or that does business here, with a name, product name, service name, slogan or logo has one or more trademarks. A trademark is not just an identifier; it is also your seal of quality as seen by your customers. Therefore, if you have a business or corporate name, according to Industry Canada/Corporations Canada, “Registration of…
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October 18, 2019
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Trademark vs company name or trade name – Night and day?

A trademark and a trade or company name are not the same. Having only a trade or corporate name (either federally or provincially) does not necessarily mean that you own the name, are entitled to use it exclusively or prevent others from using confusingly similar names across Canada. In fact, rather than being an asset, a trade or corporate name by itself may represent a serious liability to your business as your business could encounter trademark infringement litigation. In Canada, trademark infringement occurs when the use of another word/symbol is likely to give the impression to the public that the…
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October 18, 2019
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What is a Trademark?

A trademark is: a word, (coca-cola ®) a symbol a logo a design (Burberry pattern) an internet address (ollip.com) a phone number (Pizza Pizza’s 737-1111) a shape/mode of wrapping  ® colour applied to a surface (UPS outfit) a combination that distinguishes the goods and/or services of one person from that of another in the marketplace. A trademark is different from a trade name. A trade name is the name by which a business identifies itself. This may also be a corporate name such as OLLIP P.C. A trademark is part of the umbrella of creative rights known as intellectual property,…
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October 18, 2019