A tradename is any name by which you might operate your business if the name is different from your personal name or your company name. For example, you might have a sole proprietorship rather than operating under your personal name and you call it ABC Enterprises. You need to register the fact that you are using this business name as a tradename and you do that with a registry shop. Note that there is no protection afforded to you by doing this; it simply a means of identifying who is operating the business called ABC Enterprises. A trademark on the [...]

By |May 16th, 2023|Law|

Understanding the Difference Between Registry Shop Checks and Federal Trademark Searches: Protecting Your Business Name and Domain Name

Many people think that they can go to one of the registry shops to have a business name checked out and then when they find out the name appears to be available they filed a notice of use of tradename. Many people think this protects the name. It absolutely does not. The only thing that is being checked by the registry shop is whether someone in Alberta is operating the business under the same name. It is not the same as a trademark search which is federal. Many people are confused because they adopted a business name and then they [...]

By |April 4th, 2023|Law|

Intellectual Property by the Numbers: Interesting Trademark and Copyright Statistics

Intellectual property is the backbone of innovation for businesses all over the world. Copyright, trademarks, patents, and industrial design are all types of intellectual property assets that help ensure that all the hard work that went into developing a new idea or product is protected. That way, your competitors are discouraged from copying your innovations and you can better reap the benefits of your work and new ideas. How popular are intellectual property assets such as trademarks and copyright and what are Canadian attitudes towards them? In this blog post, we’ve gathered some interesting statistics about trademarks, copyright, and copyright [...]

By |September 1st, 2020|Law|

Protect Your Intellectual Property, Get It Registered

You have a unique idea or name, what next? Consider that there are different types of IPs that define new innovation or discovery or a new improvement to an existing idea. In Canada, you can obtain patent protection from Canadian Intellectual Property office.  There are certain things you need to understand before pursuing a patent or a trademark. Three types of patents: Utility patents Design patents Plant patents A utility patent is one that involves the discovery of a new process, article of manufacture, machine, or an improvement of an original idea. Design patents are mostly concerned with ornamental designs [...]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Law|

Protect Your Innovation through Patent

There are many reasons why people come up with great innovations; some do it for the fame and fortune, others desire to meet a specific need while others stumble upon a new thing while looking for something else. Whatever your reason may be, a lot of hours and at times money goes into innovating and there is need for you to protect your invention at all costs. Here’s how to do it: Understand Your Product Not all innovations can be patented and for your idea to qualify for this license it needs to meet the following criteria: It must be [...]

By |May 21st, 2017|Law|

Protect your brand with Copyright and Trademark

Whether it is an app, a product or service, a life-changing service or a song that you wrote, if you value it and you came up with it then you need to let the world know that it’s yours. There are several ways to do this and trademarks and copyright happen to be some of the common ways to safeguard yourself. Which one should you choose? We will try to answer this question as we discuss both forms of intellectual property. Copyright Copyright protects original artistic, dramatic, literary or musical works as well as performances. Usually, the person that creates [...]

By |May 14th, 2017|Law|

Hiring a Lawyer for Your Will

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would happen if I die?”. This is not a question about the afterlife, but rather about what would happen to all of your possessions once you pass on. You may wonder about things like: Will my family be taken care of? Who will get what among my assets and possessions? Will there be any problems with them getting my estate once I’m gone? If these are things that bother you, then hiring a competent lawyer to draft your will is the way to go. This will give you a sense of security and peace [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Law|

Have A Unique Idea? Why Patenting Through Lawyers May Be the Best Option

The most valuable property of every person is their intellectual property. If you have a unique idea that can be turned into a profitable business it is important to protect it. You can protect your idea with a patent. Patents support products and process, and not limited to high tech technology. Ideas surround every aspect of human life. Your idea can also be a useful improvement to an existing patented invention. It is quite unfortunate that some patents are stolen ideas. We share our ideas with friends, colleagues, and relatives, but we forget that they can possess it and use [...]

By |January 31st, 2017|Law|
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