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Re: Canada Post battles ISV over intellectual property claim (Feb. 19)

The legal argument on the litmus test for distinctiveness is pretty subjective. However, when one considers

the type of service/wares and commercial space under which the wordmark will be used, then the possibility of distinctiveness is clearer:

If E-Witness Inc. will be marketing to the general public, then the issue between “”Canada Post”” and “”StrongPost”” becomes whether or not Canada Post has established a family of marks containing “”POST,”” and that an ordinary person might be confused as a result of this and think that StrongPost is a member of this family of marks. Regardless, E-Witness Inc. will have to spend lots of money to legally show that there is no likelihood of confusion. Expect this matter to go to the Federal Court.

If E-Witness Inc. will be marketing to only the technology sector, then there is no likelihood of confusion. Still, expect to spend lots of money and that this issue will have to be settled in the Federal Court.

Anthony R. Sukdeo

Re: Canada Post battles ISV over intellectual property claim (Feb. 19)

So Canada Post wants to protect “”Post”” from infringement. What about “”Mail”” as in E-Mail? Why not go after 3M for their “”Post””-it Notes? Or The Saturday Evening Post. Or the Seattle Post-Intelligencer?

Certainly prefixing “”Post”” with “”Strong”” immediately disqualifies Canada Post from crying foul. I regularly use “”Dumb as a post”” when referring to government (or other) bureaucrats. Maybe they’d like to come after me.

Eric Hindson
TK-IDM Technology (Calgary) Ltd.

Re: Canada Post battles ISV over intellectual property claim (Feb. 19)

I hope “”POST”” cereals has a good lawyer.

Dennis D’Hondt

Re: CRM brings creature comforts to vacationers (Feb. 14)

I would be disturbed at any resort that tried to keep personal information like that on me. I really do not want anyone being so intrusive as to remember the drink I liked on any particular day. This really sounds like a very disturbing trend. I hope a lot of people feel that way and make this $15,000 a large waste of money. There really should be a law about any institution trying to collect personal information even if it is with a good intention. You never know how the data will be used, or who will see it in the future. This is CRM gone mad.

P. Landry

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