Intellectual Property

MLSE wants Snoop to drop 'Leafs' logo like it's hot

The latest trademark faceoff between the Toronto Maple Leafs and rapper Snoop Dog will be one to watch on both sides of the border, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Celebrity body art comes with copyright considerations

Professional athletes and other celebrities might want to take a lawyer along the next time they get tattooed, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Drake's bid to limit DJ's trademark rights deep-sixed

The Trade-Mark Opposition Board held that a DJ represented by Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson is entitled to the exclusive use of the name "6IX" in association with DJ services across the country — despite opposition from Drake, one of Canada's biggest celebrities. Read CBC News ... Read National Post ... Read Canadian Lawyer ... Read World Intellectual Property Review ... Edmonton Journal Read more

Trademark trolls will be stymied by new legislation

Amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act are bad news for trolls, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Craft beer boom sets stage for fresh trademark battles

Canada’s current craft brewery boom could turn out to be the precursor for a new skirmish in the ongoing beer wars, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Protecting pay-per-view: after the event

In the final instalment of a two-part series, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Kevin Fisher explores what happens during and after a pay-per-view event. Read more

Federal Court of Appeal upholds highly restrictive protective order

A recent case gave the Federal Court of Appeal an opportunity to offer guidance on a rare type of court order that prevents one party from seeing parts of the opposing side’s evidence, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Winemaker defeats brewer in trademark battle

Alcohol producers need to think more broadly when it comes to trademark protection as consumer tastes change, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Protecting pay-per-view: before the event

In part one of a two-part series, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Kevin Fisher discusses why there's a need to protect pay-per-view rightsholders. Read more

CRTC rejects call to block content pirates, cites lack of jurisdiction

TORONTO — A coalition of media organizations suffered a setback in their fight against so-called content pirates on Tuesday when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it doesn't have authority to police the activities they want shut down. Read more

KitKat loses latest battle in the chocolate trademark wars

Nestlé’s failure to trademark the shape of a KitKat bar in the European Union (EU) is the latest in a mixed bag of decisions for the confectionary giant, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

No copyright protection attached to photos of photos: Simpson

A recent case involving an enhanced digital copy of an old photograph brings up interesting issues around copyright and retouched images, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Bricks and mortar store not necessary for trademark protection

High-end stores based outside of Canada could reap the rewards of an American dollar store’s trademark victory at the Federal Court, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Early opposition saves money and time in trademark process

Rights holders can save themselves time and money by opposing trademarks before they’re registered, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Internet tax fair way to regulate embattled broadcast industry

An internet tax to fund Canadian content could help level the playing field for traditional broadcasters that are suffering from reduced advertising revenue and rampant piracy online, Toronto intellectual property litigator Kevin Fisher tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more