Happy Setsubun!

February 3, 2017
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We wish Happy Setsubun to all our Japanese friends and family! February 3rd was Setsubun festival in Japan, celebrated a day before the start of Spring (in the Japanese lunar calendar).

Keeping Your Spirits Up: Branding and Third-Party Trademarks

January 23, 2017
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When developing a brand that signifies the local character of an artisanal product, it is understandable that business owners try to draw upon the rich geographical heritage of the surrounding region. An Ottawa craft distillery recently found out that many of the iconic signs and symbols that we associate with our surroundings may not be simply free for the taking.

CIPO Update: The 11th Edition of the Nice Classification

January 5, 2017
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges Paul Taylor-Sussex, in writing this blog post. 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. CIPO will be applying this… Read more »

Michael Jordan Wins Victory In China’s People’s Supreme Court

December 21, 2016
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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… Read more »

Season’s Greetings from the IP Group

December 21, 2016
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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! Wing Yan, Taiji Yoshino, David Stout, and Adam Tracey

Blacklock’s Reporter and Fair Dealing: An Update

December 13, 2016
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges Paul Taylor-Sussex, in writing this blog post. 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… Read more »

Why Should I Trademark my Business Name?

December 9, 2016
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Wing Yan, Lawyer and Patent/Trademark Agent at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP discusses the reasons why you should Trademark your business name in today’s competitive environment. For more information about Wing Yan, please click here For more information about our Intellectual Property Group, please click here

Would The Real “Fashion Santa” Please Stand Up?

November 30, 2016
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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.