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Pablo Tseng is an experienced intellectual property (IP) lawyer assisting companies at various stages of maturity in the acquisition, commercialization and enforcement of IP rights. With expertise in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management, he assists clients in a range of industries, including the chemical, technology, energy, and food, beverage and agribusiness sectors.

Working with clients on commercial and licensing agreements relating to IP and technological assets, Pablo translates complex legal issues into plain language and delivers legal solutions that advance business goals.

As a trademark agent, Pablo provides counsel on issues related to trademark registrability, prepares and prosecutes trademark applications, and handles all aspects of trademark opposition proceedings and expungement proceedings.

As a patent agent, Pablo drafts and prosecutes patent applications, and advises clients on patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues. His background in chemistry gives him valuable insight into a variety of industries, including cleantech and natural health products.

Pablo is published in peer-reviewed scientific and legal literature, and his legal work has been referenced by the Parliament of Canada.

He is recognized by numerous ranking authorities including Best Lawyers, Lexpert, Lexology, IAM Patent 1000, and WTR 1000.



Representative Matters

  • External patent counsel to a leading research university in Western Canada
  • Lead trademark counsel to a major forestry company in Canada
  • Canadian trademark counsel to an American Fortune 500 automotive manufacturer
  • Lead patent counsel to major athletic apparel retailer in North America
  • Lead trademark counsel to a major North American manufacturer of vegetarian and vegan pre-packaged meals

Speaking Engagements

Canada Invests in Intellectual Property: IRAP and AccelerateIP Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise – Speaker Series

May 2, 2024

IDEA Mississauga – Hong-Kong Mississauga Innovation Exchange

April 11, 2024

Trademark Case Law Review Series – Licensing, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

March 12, 2024

Introduction to Intellectual Property CCBC Women in E-Commerce Virtual China Mission

March 9, 2023

Gateway to Global Leadership, AIAC Summit

November 9, 2022

National Security Considerations in Cross-Border Research Collaboration, Research Partnerships Webinar

April 27, 2022

Asia-Facing Private Practice | University of Victoria, Faculty of Law

February 15, 2022

Acetech Patent Law Overview

December 14, 2021

Intro to IP and Employment Law Webinar

August 5, 2021

Get Your Game On: Intellectual Property Rights and Video Games Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

May 11, 2021

Top 10 (and 1) IP Cases in 2020 - BC and Beyond Canadian Bar Association BC IP Section

February 3, 2021

IP/Tech 101: Protect, Commercialize, Monetize Vancouver Startup Week 2020

September 28, 2020

IP/Tech 101: Protect, Commercialize, Monetize Emerging Companies Webinar

September 10, 2020

Practice Overview: Intellectual Property Lawyer University of Victoria Business Law Clinic

June 8, 2020

Authentication in Practice: Navigating the Digital Fake CBA Digital Literacy Series

June 8, 2020

Updates and Tips for your Business Trademark Law Seminar, Vancouver

February 27, 2020

Intellectual Property Roundtable (Panelist) FACL BC Mentorship Roundtable and Mixer

February 20, 2020

Intellectual Property Overview CanCham Pearl River Delta Seminar Series

November 7, 2019

Recent Changes to the IP Landscape in Canada Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys CPD Seminar

November 6, 2019

New Trends and Opportunities in the Canadian Cannabis Industry Canadian Bar Association IP Section Seminar

July 4, 2019

What Not to Do: Master Class in Slowing Growth, Helping Competitors, and Making Exits Harder ACETECH CEO Summit

April 3, 2019

Medical Cannabis: New Markets, New Opportunities Grow Your Assets – Intellectual Property for the Cannabis Industry

February 21, 2019

IP Practitioner Roundtable (Panelist) FACL BC Mentorship Roundtable and Mixer

February 20, 2019

IP Updates VGBA Summit North 2018

October 16, 2018

Meeting 120 Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

October 16, 2018

Out with the "Old", in with the "New" Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys CPD Seminar

July 5, 2018

Blockchain, ICOs, the Sharing Economy, and other Innovations ACETECH CEO Summit

April 11, 2018

Chemistry Careers Event (Panelist) University of British Columbia – Chemistry Department

June 20, 2017

Intellectual Property Audits Innovation Boulevard Legal Workshop

April 28, 2016

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Leisure Talk, Fairchild TV

July 10, 2015

Intellectual Property and Invention Protection SFU – School of Engineering Science

October 3, 2013
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Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2024 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the area of Intellectual Property
  • Recognized in the 2024 WTR1000 Guide as a leading lawyer in the area of Trademark Prosecution and Strategy
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law
  • Winner of the Lexpert 2023 Rising Stars Awards: Leading Lawyer Under 40
  • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2023 IP STARS Guide as a Patent Star
  • Recognized in the 2023 IAM Patent 1000 Guide as a “Recommended” lawyer in patent prosecution
  • Recognized in the 2023 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Technology and Health Sciences Lawyers as a Technology Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the area of Intellectual Property
  • Listed in World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 (2023) – Bronze – Individuals: prosecution in Canada
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Information Technology Law
  • Recognized as a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers Q4 2022 (Intellectual Property – Canada)
  • Recognized in the 2022 IAM Patent 1000 Guide as a “Recommended” lawyer in the area of patent prosecution
  • Recognized in the 2022 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Technology & Health Sciences Lawyers
  • Recognized as a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers Q1 2022 (Intellectual Property – Canada)
  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the area of Intellectual Property
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Information Technology Law

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Hong Kong Canada Business Association (HKCBA) – Vancouver Chapter
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Trademark Practices Committee
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Industrial Design Practices Committee
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademarks Office Practice Committee
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Intellectual Property and Technology Section for British Columbia (2014-2022)
  • British Columbia Law Society

Education & Admissions

2022
Blockchain Strategy ProgrammeSaïd Business School, University of Oxford
2013
Called to the British Columbia bar
2012
JD University of Ottawa
2009
M.Sc.University of Toronto
2007
B.Sc. (Honours)University of Toronto

Publications

Insights (61 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

Navigating the Grey: Deciphering “Use” in Patent Infringement Claims

In Steelhead LNG (ASLNG) Ltd. v. Arc Resources Ltd., the Court discussed what constitutes "use" of a patented invention in the context of patent infringement.

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May 6, 2024
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How to do it Right: Legal Necessities of Launching a Tech Start-up

An overview of the necessary legal components of tech start-ups.

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Apr 8, 2024
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The “Due Care” Standard for Payment of Annual Patent Maintenance Fees

In Taillefer v. Canada (AG), the Federal Court considered the scope of the “due care” standard regarding the payment of annual patent maintenance fees.

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Feb 28, 2024
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Defending Dignity in the Dawn of Deepfakes

On January 29, 2024, in an era dominated by digital connectivity and rapid technological advancements, BC's Intimate Images Protection Act comes into force.

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Feb 16, 2024
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Empowering Canadian Innovation: CIPO and TCS Join Forces to Boost IP Support for Canadian Entities

CIPO and the TCS announced a collaboration on promoting the awareness and use of intellectual property among Canadian SMEs, academia, and innovators.

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Feb 12, 2024
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CIPO and INPI-Brazil Collaborate in the Patent Prosecution Highway Program

Details and implications of CIPO and INPI-Brazil entering into a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Agreement.

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Feb 8, 2024
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Industrial Design Regime in Canada

This is an overview of the Industrial Design Regime in Canada

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Nov 20, 2023
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Plan Ahead: CIPO’s new standard fees come into effect on January 1, 2024

CIPO's new standard fees come into effect on January 1, 2024. Plan ahead; save on government fees.

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Sep 6, 2023
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Canadian Patent Law Update: Declarations, Limitation Periods, and General Releases

The Canadian Federal Court reaffirms that limitation periods do not apply to declarations made under Section 52 of the Patent Act.

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Aug 1, 2023
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What Has the Law Done About “Deepfake”?

Deep fake technology, legal recourse available to victims of deep fake technology, tort of false light, defamation.

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May 10, 2023
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Trademark of Foreign Owner Invalidated on the Basis of Bad Faith

Awareness of a senior rights holder’s trademark and its prior use of such trademark in Canada is relevant to the assessment of bad faith.

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Mar 22, 2023
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Display of Trademark on Stickers Affixed to Goods Constitutes Trademark Use

Displaying a retailer’s trademark on stickers affixed to goods already branded with a third party’s mark constitutes "use" of a trademark in Canada.

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Jan 31, 2023
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Public Consultation Related to Proposed Amendments to the Trademarks Regulations in Canada

Public consultations on proposed amendments to the Canadian Trademark Regulations are underway. Please see this bulletin for more information.

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Dec 7, 2022
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20 More Years of Copyright Protection Starting December 30, 2022

The extension of general copyright protections from 50 years to 70 years after the life of the author shall come into force on December 30, 2022.

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Nov 30, 2022
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Too Quick to (Summary) Judge: The Shortcomings of Summary Judgment in Patent Actions in Canada

The FCA addresses the shortcomings of summary judgment in patent cases, along with issues relating to "common general knowledge" and experimental testing.

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Sep 27, 2022
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Kicking the Habit: The Federal Court of Canada Nixes the “Problem-Solution” Approach – Again

The Federal Court puts an end to the “Problem-Solution” Approach of analyzing patent applications - again. Read more about the Court's decision here.

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Jul 18, 2022
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Protecting International Brands: Bad Faith Filing Leads to Expungement of Trademark Registration

A trademark registration in Canada is invalid if the application for registration was filed in bad faith.

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Jul 6, 2022
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Forecast 2022: Expected Changes to the Canadian Patent Rules (Part 2)

Canadian patent practices related to "excess claim fees" and RCEs come into force on October 3, 2022. Is your business ready?

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Jun 29, 2022
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Research Partnerships Webinar: Canada and International Partnerships – How Do National Security and Geopolitical Considerations Affect the Ability and Desire to Engage in Cross-border Research Collaboration?

In this webinar, we will explore how international research partnerships intersect with domestic and international security concerns, as well as how geopolitics plays a role in the ability and thus desire of individuals and institutions to engage in international research partnerships. We will ask both Canadian and American academics to share their insights and thoughts on what happens when academic interests and security concerns collide.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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Latitude Check: Federal Court Finds that a Line of Latitude is a Place of Origin

The Federal Court confirms that a line of latitude or longitude can be considered a "place of origin" under the Trademarks Act.

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Apr 5, 2022
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Practice Update: CIPO Provides Guidance on the Meaning of “Due Care”

CIPO recently issued determinations regarding the meaning of "due care". Are your internal practices in-line with CIPO's determinations?

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Mar 30, 2022
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Use of Laudatory Terms in Trademarks: An Overview for the Beverages Sector

A business may be tempted to choose a trademark that at least in part simply lauds the quality of its goods and services. Think twice before proceeding.

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Jan 5, 2022
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Forecast 2022: Expected Changes to the Canadian Patent Rules

The Canadian patent system is expected to adopt the practices of "excess claims fees" and "request for continued examination". Is your business ready?

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Jan 4, 2022
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Natural Health Products: Product Licensing Requirements in Canada

The Federal Court of Appeal decision of C-RNA provides further guidance on the level of information required of applicants seeking NHP licenses in Canada.

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Dec 6, 2021
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A Tale of [NORSTEEL in] Two Cities

The recent decision in Norsteel Building Systems Ltd. v. Toti Holdings Inc. highlights the importance of trademark clearance searching for businesses.

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Nov 10, 2021
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Expedited Examination of Canadian Trademark Applications: 6 month recap

This bulletin is a summary of our experiences with the expedited examination process for Canadian trademark applications.

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Nov 2, 2021
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COVID-19: Expedited Examination of Canadian Trademark Applications

CIPO is now taking requests to expedite the examination of Canadian trademark applications related to COVID-19 goods and services.

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Dec 16, 2020
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The Intersection between Drop-Shipping and Patent Infringement

The drop-shipping business model is picking up steam in the online world. But is it immune from the reaches of patent law? Find out in this bulletin.

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Nov 4, 2020
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Domain Name Disputes in Canada: Considerations for Non-Canadian Entities

For non-Canadian companies looking to do business in Canada, securing a ".ca" domain name should be a natural part of their IP strategy.

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Oct 6, 2020
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Out with the New, In with the Old: The F.C.A. provides Clarity on its Ability to interpret Contracts

The FCA re-affirms the Kellogg and Clopay decisions regarding the Federal Court's ability to interpret contracts. For more details, please read the bulletin.

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Sep 28, 2020
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IP/Tech 101 for Emerging Companies

Join us for a discussion on how early stage companies can protect, commercialize, and monetize their intellectual property assets.

Sep 10, 2020
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No Solution? No Problem! The Federal Court of Canada Puts a Dagger in the “Problem-Solution” Approach to Patent Claims Construction

Patents: the Federal Court has confirmed that the "problem-solution" approach to claims construction is not correct. For more details, read this bulletin.

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Aug 27, 2020
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Trademark Law: Change in Practice Regarding Extensions of Time in Examination

CIPO has changed its practice regarding time extensions to file responses to examiner's reports. Such guidance will affect Canadian prosecution strategies.

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Aug 4, 2020
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Clorox v Chloretec: The Application of Vavilov in the Trademarks Context

The Federal Court of Appeal confirms the application of the appellate standard of review framework to trademark opposition board decisions.

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Jul 23, 2020
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Trademarks: ‘HERBS R US Design’ Found to Depreciate the Goodwill attaching to the ‘TOYS R US Design’

In this case, TOYS R US demonstrated that a third party's use of a similar mark likely had the effect of depreciating its goodwill. Find out more here.

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Jul 15, 2020
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COVID-19: Accelerated Examination of Patent Applications for Small Entities

CIPO has begun piloting an accelerated examination process for technologies related to medical products and processes. See this bulletin for more details.

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Jul 14, 2020
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June 10, 2020 Update: Innovating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This bulletin provides a summary of funding opportunities available in Canada over the month of June and updates
from CIPO and the USPTO.

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Jun 10, 2020
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The Admissibility of Patent Prosecution History as Evidence in Canada

This article summarizes the court's interpretation of the applicability and scope of S.53.1 of the Patent Act (re: admissibility of prosecution history).

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Jun 1, 2020
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Implied Trademark Licenses: A Case Study

When will a trademark license granted from one party to another be implied?  The Federal Court in the Core Consultants Realty[1] decision (“Core Consultants”) recently had an opportunity to revisit this question.

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Apr 12, 2020
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Bill C-13 Receives Royal Assent: Change to the Canadian Patent Landscape in Response to COVID-19

All levels of Canadian government are taking extraordinary steps in response to the public health emergency of COVID-19.

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Mar 27, 2020
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COVID-19: Seeking Court Relief Regarding the Disease of Trademark Infringement

This article addresses challenges in using Canada's courts to deal with trademark infringement matters during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Mar 26, 2020
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Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent: Incoming Changes to the Intellectual Property Landscape

New intellectual property provisions passed into law following Canada's ratification of the "new NAFTA", the
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

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Mar 24, 2020
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The Tort of Conversion in the Electronic Age: A Case Study

The British Columbia Supreme Court has found that the tort of conversion must include wrongful interference with intangible goods. Read more here.

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Mar 12, 2020
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Trademark (not) Assigned

An executed assignment agreement is not necessarily determinative of whether a trademark has truly been transferred from one party to another.

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Feb 4, 2020
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What Every Owner of a Registered Canadian Trademark Needs to Know

The bulletin describes steps that will ensure that trademark owners are able to maintain their trademark registrations

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Sep 23, 2019
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TOP TWELVE THINGS TO KNOW – New Canadian Trademarks Act June 17, 2019

On June 17, 2019 major changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into force.

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Jun 4, 2019
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Trademark “Use” in the Normal Course of Trade: Revisited

The recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in Cosmetic Warriors Limited v Riches, McKenzie & Herbert LLP [1] ("Cosmetic Warriors") revisits what constitutes “use” of a trademark in the normal course of trade.

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May 14, 2019
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Protecting Your Trademarks in the World of Online Retail Platforms

In the digital age, many vendors have expanded beyond brick and mortar shops and now sell their goods and services online.

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Apr 13, 2019
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Trademarks: Material Misstatements in Declarations of Use Revisited

The impact of misstatements in a declaration of use was recently revisited in the decision of Roots Corporation v. YM Inc. (Sales), 2019 FC 16

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Jan 18, 2019
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PPH Program (Canada and Asia-Pacific Jurisdictions): Annual Update 

PPH Program (Canada and Asia-Pacific Jurisdictions): Annual Update

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Dec 19, 2018
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What Can and Should the Law Do About ‘Deepfake’: An Update

This update looks at several additional causes of action and discusses how we can limit the deleterious social consequences of deepfake videos.

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Dec 5, 2018
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The Hague System For Industrial Designs is in Force in Canada

Canadian companies and designers can now seek to protect their industrial designs in multiple foreign jurisdictions through a single international application.

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Nov 21, 2018
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What Can The Law Do About ‘Deepfake’?

Face-swapping videos possible by software technology using machine-learning algorithms to analyze photographs of subject learning the map of the subject face and superimposing subject face to video

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Mar 30, 2018
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What’s the use? Federal Court revisits the requirements for use of a trademark in association with goods

Recent Federal Court decision in Cosmetic Warriors Limited v Riches revisits statutory requirements for use of trademark in association with goods.

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Feb 6, 2018
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Patent Numbers Warn of Decline in Canadian Chemical Innovation

2008 economic crisis had negative effect on business innovation research and development. Canada was no exception and tell tale sign of impact was decrease in patent application filings

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Jan 18, 2018
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2017 Round-up: Patent Applications related to Data Processing at CIPO

The patentability of computer-implemented inventions is a topic of interest in Canada. Patentable subject matter is set out in Practice Guidance Following the Amazon FCA Decision

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Jan 12, 2018
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Back to Patent Basics: The FCA re-affirms the Obviousness Test in Canada

Back to Patent Basics: The FCA re-affirms the Obviousness Test in Canada

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Dec 6, 2017
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Cannabis-related Trade-marks: Take Care in Choosing Correctly

Cannabis-related Trade-marks: Take Care in Choosing Correctly

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Nov 13, 2017
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Protection of Inventions Related to the Marijuana Industry

Protection of Inventions Related to the Marijuana Industry

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Nov 9, 2017
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Canada/China Patent Prosecution Highway Program: Three Years in Brief

Canada/China Patent Prosecution Highway Program: Three Years in Brief

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Nov 8, 2017
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Domain Name Squatters Lose – Again

Domain Name Squatters Lose - Again

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Nov 2, 2017

Deals & Cases (3 Posts)

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Successful Trademark Defence: 88766 Canada Inc v Hanahreum Mart Inc, 2022 TMOB 146

On behalf of Hanahreum Mart Inc., McMillan LLP successfully defended a non-use cancellation proceeding against Hanahreum Mart’s Canadian trademark registration for HANAHREUM.

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Aug 4, 2022
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McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

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Nov 26, 2020
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Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

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Mar 5, 2019