Canada's Supreme Court Rules Against Brand Owners

Law360, New York (June 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Canada’s Supreme Court unanimously affirmed lower court rulings Friday in two closely watched trademark cases, holding that a clothing store’s use of the name “Cliquot” and a restaurant chain’s use of the name “Barbie” were in line with Canada’s trademark laws since consumers are not likely to be confused by the similarities to Mattel’s Barbie brand and Veuve Clicquot’s champagne.

So will entrepreneurs with questionable scruples move to Canada and start selling Nike soda or Coca-Cola sneakers? It’s not likely, according to Gary T. Daniel, an...
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