Author: Nicolas Charest, Michael Shortt and Brooke Naomi Levy

About Nicolas Charest, Michael Shortt and Brooke Naomi Levy

Brooke Naomi Levy joined the Fasken team as a student in the summer of 2021 after completing her Bachelor of Laws, Cum Laude, at the University of Ottawa. Prior to completing her law degree, Brooke completed a Bachelor of Commerce where she specialized in Finance and had the opportunity to study abroad in Leeds, England.

Trademark Owners and Franchisors Beware: in Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc., Lack of Licensor Control Leads to Invalidation of Trademark

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In its recent Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc. decision, the Federal Court ordered the expungement of a trademark registration because the plaintiff did not exercise sufficient control over the use of the trademark by its licensees. This decision provides a helpful reminder of the dangers of relying on verbal agreements instead of written trademark licenses, and the need for trademark owners to maintain control over their licensees.

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