On my bus ride to school this morning, I read a pretty cool news article published by CBC about ugly Christmas sweaters!
I thought it was a timeless tradition, but apparently it actually began in 2002 at a Coquitlam house party.
More directly relevant to our course is the fact that Birch and Boyd, the co-founders of this tradition, owns the Canadian trademarks to the phrase “Ugly Christmas Sweater”.
Depending on how far ahead you are in reviewing your IP law notes, you may recall that section 12(1)(b) of the Trademark Act states that a trademark is registrable if it is not “clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive in English or French of the character/quality of wares/services”.
“Ugly Christmas Sweater” appears to be rather descriptive to me!