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Is the Madrid System Right For You? If you are looking to register your trademark in multiple countries, then the Madrid Protocol system may be ideal for you. Centrally administered by the...
For the first time in Canadian history, a court has clarified the meaning of the phrase “place of origin” as referenced in section 12(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act (the “Act”). Under this...
Your name is one of the most valuable assets your business owns. Exactly how valuable depends on the name itself. Great names are worth a lot more than mediocre or bad ones. Before I explain,...
Trademarks in the form of acronyms i.e., consisting simply of letters of the alphabet are generally considered to possess a low level of inherent distinctiveness. As is firmly rooted in Canadian...
Are you operating your business without a trademark registration? My name is Cynthia Mason. I am a Canadian lawyer and trademark agent, and I specilize in helping businesss. protect their brands. One of the most tragic situations I see as a trademark lawyer happens when a business owner, who has invested so much into launching […]
My name is Cynthia, and I’m a Canadian lawyer and trademark agent with Mason Professional Corporation and Markably.ca. We’re in this time of physical and social distancing, and in response, a lot of businesses are moving their products and services online. And so I thought, what better time than now to have a little discussion […]
One of the questions that I received this week from a client was, “Can a hashtag be a trademark?” And the answer to that is actually not as simple as you think. It really depends on how you’re using it. I think the ultimate question comes down to what is a trademark? Oftentimes people don’t […]