May 23 2017

Andrée-Anne Jeansonne et Caroline Jonnaert published in les Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle

To what extent can a company refer to a third party trademark when promoting its own goods or services, particularly if such reference may erroneously lead consumers to believe there is a link between the two entities?

May 23 2017

Bill 134 to modernize the CPA: overview of proposed changes

Deschênes-Hébert Sophie

On May 2nd, Bill no. 134: An Act mainly to modernize rules relating to consumer credit and to regulate debt settlement service contracts, high-cost credit contracts and loyalty programs was introduced to modify the Consumer Protection Act, among other laws.

March 16 2017

Cascades wins battle at the Superior Court

Jeansonne Andrée-Anne

Can a manufacturer of bathroom tissue have a monopoly on representations of small white furry animals? According to the recent Superior Court decision Irving Consumer Products Limited v. Cascades1, the answer is no.

March 16 2017

Trademarks and keyword advertising: a matter of first impression

Jonnaert Caroline

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia recently rendered an interesting decision with regard to keywords on the Internet1. Is the practice of purchase competitors’ trademarks as keywords allowed in Canada? How far is this practice tolerated?

January 24 2017

PARLe : new option for consumers and advertisers

Deschênes-Hébert Sophie

Last November, a new platform for assisting online dispute resolution was launched by the Consumer Protection Office: PARLe (from plateforme d’aide au règlement des litiges en ligne) gives an opportunity to consumers and retailers to settle online and free of charge disputes that oppose them. PARLe was developed by the Université de Montréal’s Cyberjustice Laboratory and tailored to the Consumer Protection Office’s specific needs.

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