Watch Out for the Rings! Advertising and the Olympics

Thinking of taking advantage of the Olympic games to benefit your business? Know the rules! For the second time in less than a year, the Olympic games are upon us and athletes from around the world have gathered to compete.  The Games are an attractive target for advertising—but …

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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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Brion Raffoul LLP Supports Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

In these difficult times, it’s crucial to give back where we can. Brion Raffoul LLP is proud to support the future generation by contributing to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) and their work helping at-risk children and youth across our community. Brion Raffoul is committed …

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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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