Alessia Monastero co-authors IPIC article “Non-Fungible Tokens, Record-Breaking Applications & the Counterfeit Implications of the Metaverse: Part 1”

Alessia MonasteroIntellectual Property, News, trademarks

Bhole IP Law Associate Alessia Monastero co-authors the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) article “Non-Fungible Tokens, Record-Breaking Applications & the Counterfeit Implications of the Metaverse: Part 1” as part of a series of articles prepared by IPIC’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee related to the evolving digital landscape, highlighting non-fungible tokens, new …

Marc Lampert speaks at AI and Big Data Conference

Alessia MonasteroEvents, Patents

On October 7th, Marc addressed the two-day AI and Big Data conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Innovators and top companies in the field of AI and Big Data were involved in a discussion on innovation in the AI and machine learning space. Particularly, how to capitalize and protect …

Alessia Monastero to speak at Startup Fashion Week 2022

Alessia Monasterocopyright, Events, Fashion, Industrial designs, Intellectual Property, trademarks

Bhole IP Law Associate Alessia Monastero will be speaking at Startup Fashion Week’s Business of Fashion Conference on October 12, 2022, discussing the intellectual property protection of fashion designs and best practices for startups when creating their brand and products. For more information and tickets: Want to learn more about …

Anil Bhole to Chair Workshop at the FICPI World Congress

Anil BholeEvents, Patent

Anil Bhole will be attending the FICPI World Congress in Cannes, France from September 25 – 29, 2022. Anil is a member of the FICPI Canada Council and has been requested to act as the Canadian Alternate Delegate for the FICPI Exco to be held just prior to the Congress. …

Revisions to the Trademarks Act: Official Marks in Canada

Alessia MonasteroNews, trademarks

The Trademarks Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. T-13, has recently been amended (not yet in force) to create a simple and efficient mechanism to allow the Registrar to give public notice that subparagraph 9(1)(n)(iii) of the Trademarks Act relating to “official marks” does not apply if the entity that made the …

Battle of the Stripes: Adidas versus Thom Browne (Part 1)

Alessia MonasteroFashion, News, trademarks

On December 14, 2020, Adidas filed an opposition with the United States Patent and Trademarks Trial and Appeal Board against Thom Browne’s US trademark applications for a red, white, and blue parallel stripe for use on footwear. Adidas has opposed the applications, which have been filed on an intent-to-use basis, on the grounds of likelihood of confusion and dilution by blurring.

Greater Clarity for Subject-Matter Eligibility in Canadian Patents: The Benjamin Moore Case

Marc LampertNews, Patent, Patents

By Marc Lampert The Federal Court, in Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Attorney General of Canada, 2022 FC 923, has recently issued a decision that may help address a controversial practice by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO); and in doing so, will add much needed certainty for patent Applicants. …

Upcoming Changes to Canadian Patent Rules: How to Plan Ahead

Marc LampertNews, Patent, Patents

By Marc Lampert and Ammar Kalanaki Recent amendments to the Patent Rules will come into force on October 3, 2022 and introduce (1) excess claim fees, and (2) a request for continued examination (RCE) practice; among several other amendments.   The new Rules will apply to any application for which a request …

UGGS Boots

When Culture And Copyright Clash In An UGGly Lawsuit

Erika MurrayNews, trademarks

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. …