Blog Posts & Publications

Booking.com: Domain Names and Trademark Registration in the United States

MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law | 3 min read As digital platforms become a more popular way of doing business, many entrepreneurs are turning attention to how they differentiate their products or services on the internet. In a commercial context, a domain name is often used as a way of identifying and differentiating one business services from that of another on the internet. For...

Have You Heard About WIPO Proof? More Ways of Safeguarding Your IP

Are you looking for ways to boost how you safeguard your IP assets? WIPO has just launched an IP proofing platform that enable right holders to timestamp and electronically record relevant information about their IP. The service provides a digital certificate to protect IP assets, verifying and time stamping relevant IP data. Users also have the option of requesting a premium certificate, to...

Managing trademarks in COVID-19 times

By: Marsha S. Cadogan (PhD, Intellectual Property), Barrister & Solicitor| MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law What role does trademark play in differentiating products in consumer markets? If your product has acquired a good reputation in consumer markets, how can you mitigate against mis-use of the brand? Commerce continues to be an essential part of our lives in COVID-19 times,...

CIPR Vol#35: Prospects and Limits of Blockchain Technologies in Global Protection of Food-based GIs

Authored by Marsha S. Cadogan, the article on blockchain technologies intersection with geographical indications is available for download from IPIC's Canadian Intellectual Property Review webpage (published March 11, 2020). The article deals with (i) blockchain technologies use in the IP space, (ii) how blockchain technologies, including smart contracts may be useful to geographical indication...

How Distinctive is your Non-traditional mark?

Marsha S. Cadogan | MSC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Before June 17, 2019, Canada's Trademark space was not overly receptive to the registration of all types of non-traditional marks. There was no statutory basis of protecting these marks. Although 2012 marked a turn-around year in Canada's Trademark history by the Federal Court decision that sound marks are registrable, it was only...

Are You Doing Business Abroad? Helpful Insights From CIPO

Author: Marsha S. Cadogan | MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law How countries deal with intellectual property can sometimes be very different. Differences may pertain to terminologies used, the substantive law at issue, or to procedural matters. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently published three information guides on doing business abroad. The guides relate to...

What KitKat and Rubik’s Cube have in Common

Author: Marsha S. Cadogan, MSC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Let's talk about trademark disputes in the European Union. Is KitKat's chocolate shape a trademark? How about the Rubik's Cube? Not in the European Union (EU). These two particular disputes could happen in Canada, especially since three-dimensional signs are registrable under our Trademarks Act. Who may find this information...