Canada Updates Trademark Laws.

Canada Updates Trademark Laws.

After 50 years, the Canadian Parliament has overhauled the trademark rules for the country. Some of the reforms are: 1)  Canada is now a contracting state for the Madrid Protocol.2) Easier trademark registrations for foreign businesses. 3) Expanded definition of what a trademark covers. The most likely downside will be increased costs for registration and … Continue reading

A Sound Strategy Would Be To Have An Opinion Of Counsel Before Manufacturing Begins.

A Sound Strategy Would Be To Have An Opinion Of Counsel Before Manufacturing Begins.

Ahhh, the sound of music wirelessly transmitted around the house for your enjoyment. Sonos, a manufacturer of wireless home speaker systems, has sued rival Denon for patent infringement over that companies Heos speakers.  Sonos claims that the Heos speakers are similar to Sonos’s speakers and infringe at least four Sonos patents. Sonos’s claims in its … Continue reading

A Cautionary Tale About False Advertising Claims.

The US Supreme Court ruled a federal false advertising case is not limited to the advertiser’s competitors, the plaintiff only has to show commercial injury “flowing directly from the deception wrought by the defendant’s advertising.” This ruling came about when Lexmark International Inc., offered a “Prebate” program under which buyers could get certain print cartridges … Continue reading