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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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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For a Worldwide Reach: Protecting Your Brand Internationally

The “Madrid Protocol” lets trademark owners seek international protection for their marks quickly and efficiently.  Instead of filing separate applications in multiple countries, an applicant can file their mark in 124 countries through a single application at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  Canada joined the system in …

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Five Fascinating Canadian Inventions (and a Few More!)

Canada Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate it in the patent world than looking back at some of the most memorable Canadian inventions and innovations:  Insulin:  Insulin, featured on Canada’s $100 bill, is one of Canada’s best-known discoveries. Insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick G. Banting, with the help of his assistant Charles Best and biochemist James Collip (who is often …

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Canadian Changes to Trademark Examination Procedures

Canadian trademark applications currently face waits of up to two (2) years before receiving a first Examiner’s Report.  On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) issued two (2) practice notices in an attempt to address the growing backlog of pending applications.  The first practice notice …

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