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The simple and prudent answer is ‘no’. A trademark is not registrable if it is clearly descriptive, or deceptively misdescriptive of the place of origin of the goods associated with the mark.
The Canadian Trademarks Office recently issued a new practice notice clarifying its practice with respect to marks that describe a place of origin. This practice notice was issued in response to the Federal Court of Appeal decision in MC Imports Inc. v. AFOD Ltd. [2016 FCA 60].
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