Sending Cease and Desist Letters in Canada
August 11, 2020
This article, originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of IP Litigator magazine, looks at the potential risks associated with sending a cease and desist letter to an alleged infringer of intellectual property rights in Canada. Read about it here.
Amendments recently made by Québec to its language laws will have a significant impact on the rights of trademark owners to use English-language versions of their trademarks in the province. The changes to the existing legislation were introduced by Bill 96 (an Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec) and will apply to all businesses operating or having employees in the province of Québec.
The Summer of 70 (+ Life of the Author): Canada to Extend Copyright Term (and Bryan Adams has thoughts)
Canada’s copyright protection has, for some time, been out of step with most of its major trading partners. To remedy that, Canada will be extending the basic term of copyright protection to life of the author, the remainder of the calendar year in which the author dies, and a period of 70 years following the end of that calendar year.
The commercial use of Canadian symbols is restricted by trademark and related law. This article outlines some of the restrictions, including recent guidance from the Canadian government.