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COVID-19: Can my business continue to operate?

March 30, 2020

The Government of Quebec has ordered the shutdown of all companies and businesses for which services were considered non-essential from March 24 to April 13. However, if applicable, remote work and online commerce are permitted.

Three compelling reasons to register your trademarks now

April 2018

We expect the fundamentally reworked trademark law to come into force soon (in early 2019). But newspapers reported this week that there is strong pressure from the US to move the date closer in order to finally implement treaties signed by Canada years ago. All of this means that there is an urgency for business leaders to apply for Canada-wide protection of their marks immediately—under the current law. When the new law is in force, those who file applications for trademark registrations will encounter much greater competition. The changes will ensure a much greater inflow of applications by foreign applicants. Fees will be higher, possibly much higher. The likelihood of applicants being involved in opposition disputes will grow dramatically. Processing times will be substantially slower. Businesses should take action immediately and here is why:

A $644 million lesson

August 2017

A record-breaking amount of $644 million, awarded on June 7th by the Federal Court of Canada to Dow Chemical against Nova Chemicals for patent infringement, is a vivid reminder of the importance of obtaining intellectual property protection and of conducting appropriate “right to manufacture” searches before any marketing activity.

 

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