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For about a week last month, my Internet browser thought I was in Canada. And, like a friend who returns with an accent after a week-long vacation in London, this was more a source of curiosity than frustration. I first realized the quirk upon a visit to Google. Instead of finding myself at the familiar .com, I was redirected to a .ca site. Upon entering my query – “donuts” – Canadian Google thought I’d be most interested in visiting Tim Hortons. Eh? Unfamiliar, I scanned the Tim Hortons website to learn the tale of a small Ontario donut shop that quickly spread throughout Canada and much of the Northern United States. With ®s and ™s littered across the page, the intellectual property nerd in me was buzzing. How was I to interpret these symbols?

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