Author: Stacey C. Friends

Top Three Things Brand Owners Need to Know About the Changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act

On June 17th a new Trademark Act will take effect in Canada. While there are many changes, there are three that brand owners should consider with regard to their current trademark portfolio in Canada, as immediate action may be advisable. 1) No Use Requirements – Declarations of use will no longer be required (in fact…

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Brexit and Trademarks – Strategies for Protection in the UK

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU, nicknamed “Brexit,” has been a roller coaster ride for trademark owners.  First, there was uncertainty as to whether owners of EU trademarks (EUTMs) or International Registrations (IRs) designating the EU would still have protection for their marks in the UK once the separation was complete.  The UK then negotiated,…

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Same Name, Different Place: Avoiding Trademark Problems & Adding Value to your Business

Whether you are starting up a business, expanding, or just progressing with your current business, taking care of your brand is vitally important.  Your trademark represents your identity with consumers, the goodwill of your business, and is a valuable asset in your company portfolio. There are a few strategies to consider which can help you…

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December 31st Deadline For Websites With User-Generated Content

New rules from copyright office require re-registration of DMCA agent Does your company’s website host, store, or link to content created or posted by users?  If so, be aware that the U.S. Copyright Office recently changed its rules regarding DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) Agent registration.  The new rules require all companies that have registered…

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RIW Trademark/Branding Attorney Stacey Friends Radio Interview

RIW Trademark/Branding Attorney Stacey Friends was interviewed on Radio Entrepreneurs on Thursday, January 12th. Listen to the interview here.

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RESTAURANTS and TRADEMARKS: A Lesson from the Real World

There have been two intriguing local trademark cases involving restaurants lately, both of which provide a useful lesson in trademark law. First, there was the Milk Street Café v. Milk Street Kitchen dispute.  Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball plans to use the mark “Milk Street Kitchen” for cooking classes, a television show and a magazine.  Milk…

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RIW Trademark Attorney Stacey Friends spoke at the Business Globalization Forum

RIW Trademark Attorney Stacey Friends spoke at this year’s Business Globalization Forum which took place on November 4th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More information.           

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EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS – DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE BRAND! TRADEMARK CONSIDERATIONS

You have a successful product or service, and now you have an idea for expansion. Whether you are considering a new location, or a new product or services line, once you determine that the proposed expansion makes good business sense, the next step is to make sure your brand, or trademark, is available for the…

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RIW Trademark/Branding Attorney Stacey Friends Radio Interview

RIW Trademark/Branding Attorney Stacey Friends makes a guest appearance on Radio Entrepreneurs on Monday, February 8th. Listen to the interview here.

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THERE IS NO SHORT CUT! Generic or Merely Descriptive? CAFC Vacates Genericness Decision on “PRETZEL CRISPS”

U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY NEWS THERE IS NO SHORT CUT!  Generic or Merely Descriptive?  CAFC Vacates Genericness Decision on “PRETZEL CRISPS” The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, recently issued a decision in an appeal to determine the fate of the mark, PRETZEL CRISPS[1].  The holding in this case attempts to shed some light on…

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