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The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of Barbie the doll vs. Barbie the BBQ restaurant, the justices ruled Thursday. The high court said it would hear an appeal by U.S. toymaker Mattel Inc. against two federal court decisions that allowed a Montreal restaurant owner to register the name “Barbie’s” for his two restaurants, which serve mainly barbecue dishes. Mattel contends this confuses people. But the restaurant owner says the Australian slang makes people think of barbecue — as in, ‘throw some chicken on the barbie’ — not plastic dolls. The toy company registered Barbie and Barbies for its dolls three decades ago in Canada. This case will look at whether the Trademark Act, which bars people from using similar names for doll-related products, also provides protection from people using the name for other goods and services. The court said the case would be heard in October alongside a similar appeal involving the French champagne maker Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin and a women’s clothing firm in Quebec, which was allowed to register Cliquot as a trademark. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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