A Dec 2012 decision of the Federal Court of Canada at HomeAway.com, Inc. v. Hrdlicka 2012 FC 1497 expunging a trademark registration given prior trademark use on website displays from US servers constitutes a welcome, and sensible assertion of the practical results of Internet use of trademarks particularly for services. The advertising and leasing of holiday properties via the Homeaway.com website meant use of the subject trademark in Canada. Some other cases have equivocated about the effect of the display of trademarks on foreign websites seen in Canada, Mr. Justice Hughes had no such qualms.
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