Brother AX-110

This limited edition (Brother Worldwide Sponsor of the 1992 Olympic Games) AX-110 is a colourful addition to my collection …

Colourful in the context of an E.T. that is.

“Limited edition” likely means it was manufactured in the thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands.

In return for its sponsorship, Brother were allowed to use the official mark of the Canadian Olympic Association (COA) in their merchandising …

Official marks are unique to Canada. Can a Trademark and an Official Mark Co-exist?

If a party challenging the status of an official mark is not successful then that party could seek, in the alternative, to have its trademark co-exist with the official mark. This can be difficult because an official mark is different from a trademark in that it is not necessarily used in association with a specific product or service. It can be used across a spectrum of products and services. Regardless of which, the public notice of an official mark is powerful protection since the mark holder can prevent anyone from using a mark that “closely resembles” the official mark. If a party holds a trademark before the public notice of a similar official mark, it can continue to use that mark in association with the products or services listed in its registration. However, the use of that trademark cannot be broadened to new products and services in the future. This was established in Canadian Olympic Association v. Allied Corp., in which Allied Corp. had used the trademark “Olympian” for the typeface of its font several years before the COA gave public notice of “Olympian” as its official mark.

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Here’s a side by side look at an AX-300 (Left) and the AX-110: Two E.T.s manufactured around the same time, of roughly the same weight and dimensions, and, as far as I can tell, with the same 12 cps (max) print speed. (The upper left and lower right of the two keyboards are different however.)

Plugged in with Brother (Portables)