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The Problematic Process of Trademarking Trends

Trademarks are words, services, symbols or designs created to identify goods or services from one party to another.  They also seek to maintain the reputational value of a brand while helping to defend itself from [...]

The Plain Packaging Dispute – is it in Violation of Tobacco Companies’ IP?

Over the last ten or twenty years, we have seen a significant and sustained crackdown on the way that tobacco companies are able to package and market their products. Since Canada became the first [...]

Hasbro Smells Opportunity as it Tries to Trademark Play-Doh Scent

Owned by Hasbro since 1991, Play-Doh is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous children’s toy products, and there have been more variations on the products than we could ever attempt to list. But for [...]

Merely Descriptive vs Suggestive — The Unwritten Rule of Trademark Law

On the whole, trademark law is incredibly comprehensive, but there’s one important rule that’s still unwritten — how to distinguish between ‘merely descriptive’ and ‘suggestive’ trademarks.The difference between these two types of trademark can be [...]