Canadian Trademarks are not valid in the United States

Canadian Trademarks are not valid in the United States

Canadian trademarks are not valid in the United States. It’s as simple as that. There’s no qualifications or exceptions to this rule. Canada and the United States have separate legal systems. If you want the exclusive right to use a name in both countries, you have to...
When is the Best Time to Trademark Your Company Name?

When is the Best Time to Trademark Your Company Name?

Most new entrepreneurs and business owners get this all wrong. We file a lot of first-time trademark applications, and for most of them, a corporation is listed as the owner. This means that incorporation is happening before trademarking, and that’s backwards....
Who should be the owner of a trademark?

Who should be the owner of a trademark?

I recently read a story about Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic and his legal dispute with his mother about the ownership of his trademarks. Doncic had allowed his mother to register the trademark “Luka Doncic 7”, which got in the way of his new...
Amazon Brand Registry: A Guide for Canadian Businesses

Amazon Brand Registry: A Guide for Canadian Businesses

You can now download our free guide to avoid rejection and maximize your brand’s protection Amazon has recently surpassed Walmart as the largest US retailer, and e-commerce is predicted to account for 29% of retail sales by 2025. Stay-at-home orders across the...
The Cost to Trademark a Name in Canada 

The Cost to Trademark a Name in Canada 

One of the most common questions we answer in a free consult is “what will it cost to trademark my name?”  This blog explains how those costs are calculated. So that you can determine how much it will cost you to trademark your name in Canada.    The...
How to trademark in Canada 

How to trademark in Canada 

Are you ready to trademark your business name and logo, but you aren’t quite sure how to get started?  As a Canadian business owner (or an aspiring business owner), you have options for trademarking. We’ve explained them below, so that you can choose which option...
How you can speed up the trademark process

How you can speed up the trademark process

How do you feel about having to wait 3.5 to 4 years to be able to prove you own your business name?  We’re guessing you’re a little shocked and a lot disappointed. This is, unfortunately, how long it takes the typical Canadian small business owner to obtain a...
5 Tips for Naming your Startup Business  

5 Tips for Naming your Startup Business  

Getting noticed in today’s market is hard! And, unfortunately, it’s even harder to be remembered. According to the marketing rule of 7, it takes an average of seven interactions with a brand name before a purchase will take place.  ph: stock image Having a great...
Business Name Registrations vs Trademarks: Debate

Business Name Registrations vs Trademarks: Debate

Many small business owners make the mistake of believing they “own” their business name because they’ve registered it on a provincial business name registry.  Just this past week, we had another case where an individual was using our client’s trademark as his...
How to Search a Trademark: Is your business name available?

How to Search a Trademark: Is your business name available?

One of the most valuable ideas you’ll ever have is the name for your business. It’s valuable because it’s what the public will associate with your business. They’ll use it every time they buy your products and services. At least, that’s the hope! A name’s ability to...