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13 Nov 2010, 5:47 am by Russell Beck
International trade secret theft has become an increasing problem. As a primer for our readers, we have created an “International Trade Secrets” links section, which we are in the process of populating with resources that provide good summary information about the laws of countries around the world. We hope you find the resources useful. [read post]
22 Mar 2012, 4:29 pm by Barry Eagar
Case - Tivo Inc v Vivo International Corporation Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 252Whether "Vivo" (see pic) deceptively similar to word trade mark TIVO. Honest Concurrent UseAcquisition of reputation sufficient for deception or confusionInfringementNon-use [read post]
24 Sep 2010, 11:40 am
On September 23, 2010, the Government of Canada tabled in the House of Commons for debate Bill C-46 "An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama".  This legislation must be passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate before it becomes law and the Canada-Panama FTA and side agreements can… [read post]
27 Aug 2013, 6:56 am by Santiago A. Cueto
The latest issue of Global Trade Magazine ranks the Top 25 Cities for International Trade. The ranking is based on the largest export volume increase in 2011. This approach is different than the International Administration’s Top 50 ranking, which is largely the same every year. Houston and New York topped the list with a combined increase of $44 billion. That’s leaps and bounds above the numbers they posted in 2010. Houston posted a 30% increase and New York improved by 23%. Other… [read post]
25 Jul 2013, 4:02 am by Dianne Saxe
January 2014 will mark 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its environmental side agreement, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). To celebrate, the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) is collecting information and comments on the first 20 years, for use in a 20th anniversary discussion 17–18 October 2013, in Washington, DC. The CEC says: “Trade and environment experts, including… [read post]
21 Aug 2012, 3:55 pm by admin
The Federal Government has announced a series of cross-country consultations with industry and business leaders in relation to Canada’s global commerce strategy – including from SMEs – as part of its 2012 Economic Action Plan.  From DFAIT: “As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada made a commitment to refresh the Global Commerce Strategy (GCS). The government is undertaking a series of cross-country consultations with industry and business leaders—including those… [read post]
9 Aug 2011, 11:58 am by Lara
  BrandFX (BFX) issued a press release on August 5, 2011 announcing that it just received a $2,400,000.00 check from its competitor, Astoria Industries of Iowa, Inc. (Astoria) Asset purchase?  Licensing fees?  Debt repayment?  Nope, nope and nope. That check was for a damages and attorneys’ fees award for trade dress infringement and false advertising under the Lanham Act, as well as common law misappropriation under Texas law.  According to the press release, the litigation took seven… [read post]
7 Nov 2010, 11:08 am
On November 6, 2010, Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade published a notice in the Canada Gazette commencing brief consultations concerning the modernization of the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement. The Closing Date:  November 19, 2010 The Government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians on the scope of the negotiation for the modernization of the existing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Canada and the Republic of Costa Rica (Costa Rica). This notice is… [read post]
22 Feb 2011, 5:48 pm
Since I was traveling last week, you might be behind on your reading. Here are some headlines to catch you up: NC State University Report: North Carolina ports support more than 65,000 jobs across the state and provide an economic impact of $7.5 billion. Doing business in China can really stink for US companies; investor/buyer/seller beware. GMU's Russ Roberts absolutely dismantles Paul Krugman's (and others') latest nonsense about the omnipotence of America's "rich". Geithner: Chinese inflation is… [read post]
21 Apr 2010, 10:00 am
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a paper about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Canada-EU CETA) entitled "Negotiating from Weakness: Canada-EU trade treaty threatens Canadian purchasing policies and public service". Please go to the following link for the well-written article -  I do not agree with all of the conclusions in the article.  That being… [read post]
18 Jan 2010, 7:53 am
My good friend Riyaz Dattu (and Peter Glossop) at Oslers is reporting that: Canadian officials are anxious to receive input from Canadian business. Businesses should consider both their defensive trade strategies in adjusting to increased EU competition, as well as offensive trade strategies designed to penetrate EU markets. The questionnaire [posted by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade a while ago] identified a number of areas that may be of particular concern to… [read post]
19 Jan 2010, 2:30 pm
News Centre reports that India and the EU free trade agreement negotiators will meet next week after the Canadian delegation leaves Brussels. The India-Eu FTA negotiations started in 2007 and the negotiators are on the Seventh Round of negotiations starting January 25, 2010. One of India's areas of concern in those negotiations are India the costly certificates for exporting fruit to the EU and conformity procedures for the EC mark. Query whether Canada is going to identify similar concerns? In… [read post]
10 Mar 2014, 8:24 am by Kenan Farrell
Plaintiff Carbon Audio d/b/a Boomphones, a Portland-based technology company, alleges that California-based competitor Monster Inc. has created a knock-off of Plaintiff’s “Pocket Speaker” product. Monster’s “Superstar” speaker is claimed to have the same internal and external configuration, as well as copying the distinctive and proprietary sounds of Plaintiff’s product. Image from Complaint Monster’s Superstar speaker is set to go on sale on… [read post]
27 Jan 2011, 8:30 am
On January 27, 2011, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada has launched free trade negotiations with Morocco. A formal announcement has been posted on the Prime Minister's web-site. The news release states:Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Prime Minister of Morocco, Abbas El Fassi, today announced the two countries will begin negotiations towards a free trade agreement. The announcement was made during a working visit to Morocco by Prime Minister Harper. The Prime Minister was joined by… [read post]
25 Sep 2010, 10:53 am
On September 24, 2010, India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Anand Sharma and Canada's Minister of International Trade, Mr. Peter Van Loan issued a joint statement on trade and investment initiatives. please go to the following link - The Ministers also released and announced the acceptance of the Canada-India Joint Study Group Report that examined the feasibility of a… [read post]
23 Apr 2010, 6:46 am
Trade Lawyers Blog has posted a number of postings about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Canada-EU CETA) during the last week. This posting relates to the latest EU demand that Canada must become more engaged in the climate change activities and Canada's oil sands projects are a target. A Financial Post article dated April 22, 2010 reports: "... Greek lawmaker Kriton Arsenis asked EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, this week to link trade cooperation… [read post]
1 Apr 2010, 1:34 pm
Michael Geist has posted an excellent summary of the proposed intellectual property chapter of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement under negotiation. For a copy of his blog article, please go to the following link - Michael Geist rightly points out that:The breadth of the demands are stunning - the EU is demanding nothing less than a complete overhaul of Canadian IP laws including copyright, trademark, databases,… [read post]
29 Jan 2014, 10:28 am by admin
January 29, 2014 On my daily media sweep earlier today, I came across what I thought was a very good new discussion of competition law and associations, including overviews of some of the more interesting and important recent U.S. cases. This new note by the U.S. firm Arent Fox, entitled Lessons for Associations From 2013 Antitrust Activities, discusses, among other things, the recent and ongoing Music Teachers National Association, American Quarter Horse Association and North Carolina “teeth… [read post]
24 Sep 2013, 9:28 am by Azrights
Occasionally I come across an entrepreneur who dismisses intellectual property rights as irrelevant on the grounds that SMEs lack the funds to enforce their IP rights. I disagree. Having well identified and protected IP rights actually makes litigation less rather than more likely to happen. And even if for any reason you do come up against the Goliaths of this world, who knows whether life might deliver an unexpected solution, even if you do lack funds to fight as happened to the Bodurs. What… [read post]
27 Mar 2013, 5:22 am by jcampbell
This month at the World’s Wildlife Conference in Bangkok, parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (“CITES”) voted to increase trade protections for several threatened species. Approximately 5000 animal and 29,000 plant species receive some protection from CITES, although it struggles to combat illegal trade, and especially the burgeoning demand from China. About CITES The CITES is a voluntary international agreement between… [read post]