It must be a slow news day when a story about the Department of National Defence asserting its Intellectual Property rights warrants a picture and a quarter page spread.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
One of these regiments is the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. The regiment was recruited, equipped and financed from the personal finances of Andrew Hamilton Gault. The charter of the regiment was signed on August 10, 1914 some 10 days after the war was declared.
Protecting the Crown's intellectual property rights
DND owns a section 9 mark for the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry badge, shown here (right). Unauthorized use of this mark on any goods or services is actionable infringement.
So, when the Regimental Association decided to do some anniversary fundraising by commissioning
recently issued new guidelines to govern the production and sale of commemorative beer, wine and spirits in an effort to assist the "regiments and their foundations to remain within the appropriate legal, ethical and historical/heritage boundaries". The new rules include limiting the sale of commemorative alcohol to within the military, requiring associations to ask for permission to use regimental logos, and using established (and presumably Canadian) brewers, vintners and distilleries.
Oh oh. I bought two bottles of this wine last year as a gift for my father. No doubt he's disposed of the evidence by now.
(PS Happy belated Father's day, dad!)