Forget me, Forget me not: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

By: Stephanie Williams (IP Lawyer) & Jose Seba (Senior Associate) Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of protecting their brands in the Canadian market. Interest in acquiring trademark registration in Canada has increased significantly in the last several years.  From 2015 to 2021, the volume of new trademark …

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Industrial Design Registration in Canada: “It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts”

By Saranjit Dhindsa and Liz Gray What is an Industrial Design?  If IP rights are a family, industrial design rights (also known as ‘design rights’ or ‘design patent rights’) are the shallowest family member—it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Industrial designs protect a product’s unique appearance, not how the product works or the materials that it’s made of.  Industrial …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 3: GUIs and Design Patents

By Alexandra Johnson Dingee, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko In Part 3 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Series, this week’s topic is graphical user interfaces or GUIs (pronounced gooeys). In 2020, there are approximately 3.5 Billion smart-phone users worldwide. With the proliferation of the smartphone, GUIs are more important …

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