The Good... The Bad ... and The Ugly
While there are several good amendments made by the Bill to the Trademarks Act, one significant positive change is the broader definition given to a trademark. The amended definition of a trademark is for a sign or combination of signs which include a word, a personal name, a design, a letter,... Read More
One of the issues considered in the Canadian Supreme Court's decision on Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc., 2011 SCC 27,  2 S.C.R. 387 related to the non-overlapping geographical usess of the trade-marks in dispute.
Both Masterpiece Inc. (Masterpiece) and Alavida Lifestyles Inc. (Alavida) were operators of retirement residences in different provinces of Canada. Alavida applied to register the... Read More