Trade-mark Tempest in a Teacup

In a recent story that made national newspapers here, it was suggested that McGill University’s new advertising campaign had somehow stepped on the toes of American Larry Smith, editor of an online magazine.  Mr. Smith raised an allegation that somehow the idea of a six-word summary was protectable under intellectual property laws – trade-marks, or copyright, or something.  Such an idea is certainly not protectable, so McGill has nothing to worry about and Mr. Smith is off-base. 

Calgary – 15:00 MST

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