There are two applications filed, "Breakfast Burrito" and "Breakfast Burritos," both covering "Breakfast burritos; Burritos." The marks are clearly descriptive, not to mention the fact that the southwestern dish has been marketed and sold in restaurants for decades, including fast food giants such as McDonald's.
Suffice to say, the applicant might face objections upon examination.
For more information on what you can trademark and how, contact us.
Written by Paula Clancy.
The Federal Government amended the Cannabis Act and enacted new regulations to permit the sale of cannabis edibles in Canada, i.e. food or drink items made with cannabis oil.
As of today a host of edible cannabis products are available for legal sale to consumers in Ontario. Cannabis edibles are allowed to have up to 10 milligrams of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in a single package and up to 30 milligrams of caffeine, if it is naturally occurring (for example, in chocolate, coffee and tea). However, edible cannabis products may not contain nicotine or added alcohol. The Government has published the following guidelines outlining what industry needs to know about cannabis. See link here.
There are strict limitations on how cannabis products may be packaged and labelled, as well as how they may be promoted. To ensure you do not go off-side, please contact us.
Paula Clancy is attending INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas. This is her last year as Chair of the Public Information Committee, though she is excited to take on a new role in the “Brands for a Better Society” Committee for the 2020-2021 term.
On November 15, 2019, Paula Clancy joined some 1,350 attendees at the EY Centre for the Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa's 25th annual World Trivia Night. The trivia-goers answered a total of 100 questions in 10 rounds.
Paula serves on the Board of Directors Of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa, an organization that raises funds to support local children and the Children’s Aid Society. Their programs include the Dare to Dream Bursary Program, Camp for Kids, and the Cookie Jar Fund, which enables families to engage in recreational and cultural activities and purchase necessities.
Presented by Pat Whalen's Extension Marketing, the event raised over $55,000. This money will primarily go towards the Society's Dare to Dream Bursary Program, as well as towards sending children to summer camp and helping them participate in sports activities.
Read more about the event here.
Three new types of cannabis products have been officially legalized in Canada: Edibles, extracts, and topical lotions.
The gold rush for filing cannabis-related trademarks is well underway. Cannabis companies are actively securing whatever trademarks they can in anticipation of the lucrative new market.
There are, however, tight restrictions in place regarding packaging, how the trademarks can be used, and how the products may be advertised.
To learn more about these and any other restrictions, contact us.
Douglas Stewart, an Indigenous teacher from Moncton, has requested that clothing retailer Urban Planet pull items using the word SAVAGE.
Urban Planet was selling orange t-shirts with the word SAVAGE printed on the front. Keep in mind that Orange Shirt Day is held in honor of Indigenous children who were displaced from their families and sent to Canadian residential schools. Although the word "savage" is often used as a synonym for "fierce," Stewart noted that the term connotes the subjugation of Indigenous peoples during the colonization of North America. Accordingly, the use of the word SAVAGE on orange shirts was particularly poignant.
Although the orange shirt appears to have been removed from Urban Planet’s website, we found other items displaying the word "savage".
It is important to thoroughly consider alternate, and potentially disparaging, meaning of words when marketing goods and services. This is where we can help – our trademark searches can help you determine whether your brand choices will be problematic and/or offensive. For more information on trademark searches and other available services, contact us.
As one author discovered, Toronto's most famous landmark, the CN Tower, is registered as a trademark. Author James Bow received a cease and desist letter from Canada Lands Company Ltd. (CLCL), which manages the CN Tower as a Crown corporation, requesting that he remove an image of the landmark from the cover of his urban fantasy novel "The Night Girl".
Apparently, Bow and his lawyers fired off a response that there was little risk of confusion between his use of the CN Tower on the cover of the book which is set in Toronto, and CLCL’s monetizing of real estate assets. Bow further argued that the Crown corporation is not active in the business of “publishing novels, let alone fantasy novels featuring a strong female protagonist who helps trolls and goblins succeed in the human world through her work at an employment agency.” The Twittersphere seems to be siding with Bow as there have been numerous Tweets in support of the author.
Trademark law never ceases to give rise to interesting plot twists. We will continue to monitor this story for further developments.
On October 2, 2019, the Madrid Protocol went into effect in Brazil. Like Canada, Brazil's trademark laws have been undergoing big changes. These include the following:
To learn more about the Madrid Protocol, contact us.
Paula Clancy was invited to attend the ELLE Gala last night as a woman mentor. This event recognizes the work of women entrepreneurs who are fighting to break the glass ceiling. ELLE stands for Excellence in Leadership, Legacy in Entrepreneurship. The evening included a mentor hour, which allowed students to connect with professionals and entrepreneurs, like Ms. Clancy. The Right Honorable Michaelle Jean (27th Governor General of Canada) was the keynote speaker.
Clancy PC is pleased to announce that Paula Clancy has been re-elected to serve on Council for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). This week, Ms. Clancy attended the 93rd IPIC Annual Conference in Gatineau, where the theme was “IP Beyond Borders: Canada’s Coming of Age in a Global Economy”.