Quebec Court: Canada’s Kinda Bilingual

Previously, CanadaFashionLaw covered retailers’ challenge to the Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise (basically, the French language police).

The Quebec Superior Court issued their decision last week which put the reins on the French language police.

Public signage and marketing in Quebec is regulated by the Quebec Charter of French Language.  The French Charter requires that signage/commercial advertisements be predominantly in French.  However, there are exceptions when trade-marks are involved.  Generally, where the trade-mark is registered in English, the brand owner is not required to display the French equivalent.  In a recent decision that was issued last week, the Superior Court of Quebec held that a non-French trade-mark does not need to be accompanied with a French descriptor.  However, if the French equivalent is also a registered trade-mark, the brand owner is required to use the French version.

Ultimately, it is a business decision on whether your company wishes to register the French version.  If there are strong ties to the Quebec culture, using the French equivalent will certainly assist in fostering better relations with the Quebecois.  If, however, Quebec is a secondary market, it may streamline your company’s marketing materials by not registering in French as well.

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Gear Up for Internet Launch

CanadaFashionLaw has been monitoring the progress of ICANN’s launch on new TLDs.  Some of the new TLDs have entered into the sunrise period, which essentially gives brand owners priority access to register new TLDs.  Other TLDs’ sunrise periods have closed.

Here’s a list of TLDs that could be of interest to the fashion community that will soon be launched, along with the closing date of their respective sunrise periods:

– .gift (March 28, 2014)

– .international (March 29, 2014)

– .holiday (April 4, 2014)

– .luxury (April 6, 2014)

– .marketing; – .rich; (April 7, 2014)

– .boutique; – .bargains (April 19, 2014)

– .watch; – .cool (April 26, 2014)

Below is a list of new TLDs whose sunrise periods have closed:

– .clothing; – .technology; – .diamonds; – .sexy; – .shoes;

Fashion Law in the News

Over the past few weeks, a number of publications have reached out to CanadaFashionLaw for our perspective on a number of issues in the fashion industry.  Here’s a summary of the articles, if you’re interested in them:

1. The Genteel examined New York’s new legislation that better protects child models.  Click here if you’re interested.

2. The World Intellectual Property Review explored the issues raised in the Canada Goose v. Sears case. Click here if you’re interested.