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The territorial extent of trade marks


Often a company develops a brand and secures trade mark protection only to later receive notice from an entity claiming ownership of an identical mark in a limited geographical location. The question is then how the presumptive rights of nationwide exclusivity conferred on the owner of a US trade mark registration interact with the prior non-registered common law rights of a third party in a limited area.

The fact that a party has obtained a federal trade mark registration does not automatically eliminate another party's prior non-registered, common law rights. The party that was first to adopt the mark...


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Another highlight of #ip2014 = launch of #ipwomen network http://t.co/XhQqPJKQzy Pleased to see IP profession addressing diversity!

Dec 19 2014 05:59 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
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Apple & Samsung settled (outside US) as did Google & Viacom. Did 2014 see mediation take off? ($) http://t.co/tWLQ72pqcI #ip2014

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It was a big year for trade-marks/trademarks in Canada, but 2015 might be bigger. Here's why #ip2014 http://t.co/glOnyFwr3T

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