Nike Sues Lululemon: Who Should Be Sweating?

Nike is suing Vancouver-based Lululemon for allegedly wilfully infringing six patents owned by Nike.  The patents at issue relate to fitness technology used by Mirror, a home-gym company acquired by Lululemon in 2020.  Among examples of the allegedly infringing technology given by Nike is an adaptive watch that monitors the heart rate of a …

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Natalie Raffoul “Patent Law Expert of the Year: Canada”

Brion Raffoul LLP is proud to announce that our Managing Partner, Natalie Raffoul, has been recognized by Leaders in Law as the  Patent Law Expert of the Year in Canada. Leaders in Law is a platform of over 2000 Leaders, across 1400 jurisdictions, specializing in 56 different practice …

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Facebook® is now Meta…or at least it hopes to be.

Last month, Facebook announced that it is rebranding to “Meta”.  Some trademark issues might be problematic for them in this brand transition. Facebook applied for the “META” trademark in the US on October 28, 2021.  Their application lists an enormous number of goods and services, including many technology-related …

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween fun at the office today! From all of us at Brion Raffoul LLP, we witch you a Happy Halloween!

Zellers™ is Back… or is it?

Zellers, the fondly remembered Canadian department store, is back in the spotlight: this time, for trademark troubles instead of its discount prices.  Founded in 1931, the Zellers department store chain was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1978, and reached its peak in the 1990s, with 350 …

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Not Your Typical Trademark

Sights, sounds, smells, and more.  Trademarks in Canada can now appeal to all your senses and take many different forms. The purpose of a trademark is to indicate the source of a product or service.  Typically, when we think about trademarks, we think of words and logos.  But …

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Patents for a Food Coma and Canadian Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is six weeks ahead of its more famous counterpart in the United States.  This gives Canadians a six-week headstart ahead of festivities south of the US-Canadian border — but we still celebrate with pumpkin pie, (Canadian) football, and of course, plenty of turkey.   In celebration, Brion …

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Robot Rumpus: Calgary’s Attabotics Sues Boston’s Urbx for Patent Infringement

Attabotics, a Calgary-based robotics company, is suing Urbx, a Boston-based competitor, for alleged patent infringement.  Both Attabotics and Urbx produce automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) for retailers.  Attabotics has a large patent portfolio, with seven (7) issued US patents and dozens of pending applications throughout the world.  …

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