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International TM Considerations: Civil versus Common Law Jurisdictions

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So, you have a new trademark and you've just applied to register it in the United States. But the USA is just the beginning.  You have a big vision.  You plan to take your brand global.  The question arises: in which countries is it most urgent for you to apply for trademark registration? First Factor: Which are Your Most Important Global Markets? You can't begin to decide in which countries to apply for registration of your mark  until you know which countries you want to provide your goods or services in.  But once you have that figured out, it's time to strategize. In which countries is registration most important? The answer depends, at least in part, on the legal system of each country. Trademark rights in the USA are determined by common law, which is derived originally from England.  Under...
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Now It’s Easier Than Ever for U.S. Businesses to Apply to Register Their Trademarks in Canada

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Canada has acceded to the international trademark system administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This means that Canada is now a party to the Madrid Protocol, an international trademark treaty designed to harmonize and streamline international registration of trademarks. The Madrid Protocol will enter into force for Canada on June 17, 2019. This is big news, and not just for Canadian trademark owners. It's also very important for U.S. trademark owners, because it makes it much simpler to include Canada in your trademark registration plans. How Does this Affect U.S. Trademark Owners? As of June 17, 2019, it will be possible to conduct your U.S. trademark search with an added Canadian search. Then, based on the results, you can simultaneously apply to register your trademark in the United States and Canada. Given the cultural affinities and integration of...
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