UGGS Boots

When Culture And Copyright Clash In An UGGly Lawsuit

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The “Ugg” phenomena took North America by storm when Oprah Winfrey first endorsed the Ugg boots  – furry, cozy, shaggy, and ‘ugly’ footwear.  While these unique looking booties were heckled for some time, the footwear eventually became not only mainstream, but also coveted by celebrities and the general public alike. …

Trademark Lawyers And Celebrity Culture

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Being a public persona is hard work and often involves the help of a diligent trademark lawyer. In the United States, some of the most talked-about celebrities have been employing the help of trademark lawyers to protect their name – and the lucrative business that comes with the brand – …

Trademarked Stork Upheld in Canadian Copyright Case

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A recent trademark infringement case between Stork Market Inc v. 1736735 Ontario Inc. (Hello Pink Lawn Cards Inc), 2017 FC 779 has resulted in a win for the plaintiff and retribution in the amount of $30,000. The copyright and trademark case deals with competitors in the business of renting and …

Identifying gaps in fostering tech commercialization

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Incubators and accelerators are helping start-up companies across the country, but Toronto intellectual property lawyer Erika Murray suggests more can be done to support tech entrepreneurs in their quest to innovate and commercialize. “The company start-up process involves creativity and some kind of ingenuity,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “It starts with …

How To File A Patent In Canada

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Filing a patent in Ontario or anywhere in Canada is a process that requires diligence, attention to detail, and technical skills. Before jumping into how a patent is filed, let’s review the purpose behind the patent system in Canada. One of the goals of the patent system is to fuel …