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Marks waiting to break sound barrier in Canada

Michael Loney, New York

Canada is becoming more active in registering non-traditional marks, with sound marks the first to be permitted. But many brand owners are waiting to see how courts interpret these marks before applying for them

A pivotal decision two years ago opened up Canada to sound marks. Before 2012, registering sound marks was not permitted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Metro Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM), however, had fought since 1992 to register its iconic lion’s...

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