The recent decision of the Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board in Best Western International Inc. v. Best Canadian Motor Inns Ltd. appears to signal a change in the treatment of composite trade-marks that include descriptive matter. This case is of particular interest because it indicates a trend in jurisprudence that design trade-marks may no longer be considered registrable, with disclaimers, on the basis that they are clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive when sounded.

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