Sunday, October 5, 2008

Trademarks gone wild in Canada?

Just as we're all winding down from this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, folks in Vancouver are making preparations for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.

I had some fun in this blog highlighting some Olympic trademark issues that have come up here in the U.S. over the years. According to the CBC, it appears that our neighbors to the north are also taking some legislative steps to provide extra protection for Olympic-related marks:

The committee is so serious about protecting the Olympic brand it managed to get a landmark piece of legislation passed in the House of Commons last year that made using certain phrases related to the Games a violation of law.

The list includes the number 2010 and the word "winter," phrases that normally couldn't be trademarked because they are so general.

Read the whole article here.

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