In a strongly-worded and highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously allowed Masterpiece Inc.'s appeal in Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc. and ordered the expungement of Alavida Lifestyle Inc.'s registration for the trademark MASTERPIECE LIVING from the Canadian trademarks Register based on the prior use by Masterpiece of unregistered trademarks and trade names containing the element MASTERPIECE. (...)

type Intellectual Property Alert - May 2011