Canada Goose and Sears Canada sent a letter to the Federal Court of Canada in November 2016 to inform the court that they had settled their cases against each other just in time for the winter coat season. Sears Canada had been selling a variety of winter parkas with a furry liner along the brim of the hood and a badge on the left arm. Canada Goose parkas also feature a furry liner along the brim of the hood and a badge on the left arm.
Federal Court case T-1820-13 Court Log
Order dated 04-NOV-2016 rendered by Kevin Aalto, Prothonotary Matter considered without personal appearance The Court’s decision is with regard to Letter from the parties dated 03-NOV-2016 Result: action and counterclaim are both dismissed without costs Filed on 04-NOV-2016 copies sent to parties entered in J. & O. Book, volume 1317 page(s) 425 – 426 Final Decision
Federal Court Type: Trade Mark Infringement
Parties and Lawyers:
|CANADA GOOSE INC||Bereskin & Parr LLP||COLOMBO, JONATHAN G|
|CANADA GOOSE INC||–||–|
|SEARS CANADA INC||–||–|
|Feb 5, 2018||Trial||Toronto||10 days|
Canada Goose alleged that Sears Canada was selling counterfeit or imitation parkas. However, Sears coats were not sold with the Canada Goose label. Photos of the Sears parkas shown here do not feature the Arctic Program badge.
Although Canada Goose filed the case in 2013, Sears Canada continued selling their parkas in a variety of styles and lengths until they had a clearance sale in January 2016.
The Canada Goose website features a picture of a parka fur that it alleges is counterfeit fur ruff.
In comparison, the Canada Goose website features a picture of an authentic, but very similar parka fur.
Authentic Canada Goose fur ruffs look thick and luxurious. They are functional in that they provide ultimate protection against frostbite on the face. Counterfeit fur looks scraggly, tangled and sometimes dirty. Coyote ruffs are also much softer than commonly used alternatives such as raccoon. As well, look for poor seam quality on the hood.