CIPO Update: The 11th Edition of the Nice Classification
by Blog Editor on January 5, 2017
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has just announced that the 11th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of Registration of Marks (known as the Nice Classification) has now entered into force.
Michael Jordan Wins Victory In China's People's Supreme Court
by Adam M. Tracey on December 21, 2016
In a long and storied professional basketball career resulting in six NBA championships and five Most Valuable Player awards, former Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan was known for his fierce competitiveness and merciless demeanour both on and off the court.
His status as one of the most decorated players in sport’s history was deftly managed into an iconic sportswear brand in the years following his successful career. The famous “Jumpman” logo and the “Jordan” brand, owned by the American sportswear giant Nike, Inc., are trademarks recognized worldwide for their association with Mr. Jordan’s unparalleled athletic grace and determination.
Season's Greetings from the IP Group
by Taiji Yoshino on December 21, 2016
Season's Greetings from the IP Group at Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP!
We wish you a happy and wonderful holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous new year!
Blacklock's Reporter and Fair Dealing: An Update
by Blog Editor on December 13, 2016
In a victory for the principle of fair dealing, the Federal Court last month dismissed the copyright infringement lawsuit by subscription news site Blacklock’s Reporter against the federal Department of Finance.
Readers may recall that Blacklock’s Reporter alleged that a staff member at the Department of Finance shared two paywall-protected articles with five of her colleagues, thereby breaching copyright. The company was seeking $17, 209 in damages. You can read more about the lead-up to the case in our previous blog post Blacklock's Reporter - Paywalls and Fair Dealing.
Would The Real "Fashion Santa" Please Stand Up?
by Adam M. Tracey on November 30, 2016
An interesting clash between the rights afforded under trademark and copyright law is brewing in Toronto, just in time for the holiday season.
Toronto model Paul Mason, popularly known as the “Fashion Santa”, is considering his legal options after being replaced in a popular holiday advertising campaign at Yorkdale Mall. Mr. Mason’s stylish outfits and distinctive white beard created quite the social media sensation in 2015, putting a distinctly modern spin on our concept of Old St Nick. You can read more about this unique IP case here.