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The advent calendar, that delightful holiday companion, has not only evolved from chalk lines and candles but also taken a fascinating journey through the world of intellectual property (IP).

Yes, behind those festive doors lie not just surprises but a realm of patents and protections, guarding the creativity and novelty of these holiday gems.

Canadian Patent No. 2928015 in the Name of MARS INCORPORATED

Once upon a time, in an era before hashtags and when Martha Stewart was likely just a mischievous elf-in-training, the whole advent calendar scene was as basic as a snowman in summer—no legal jibber-jabber to be found! But as creativity sprouted faster than mushrooms after rain, those once-simple doors went from hiding mere numbers to holding chocolates, toys, and other surprises that would make Santa’s workshop envious. It was like someone sprinkled fairy dust on the calendar game, and boom! A whirlwind of inventive ideas emerged faster than you can say, “Deck the halls with boughs of holly!

Canadian Patent No. 3032043 in the Name of CRAFT BEER IMPORTERS CANADA INC.

Hey, did you know that the modern advent calendar isn’t just a festive countdown; it’s a treasure trove of inventive brilliance? Yup, it’s like Santa’s workshop of creativity with doors that open to surprises that’d make Rudolph’s nose blink twice! And guess what? There are patents floating around, guarding those genius ideas that make you think, “Wow, who even dreams this stuff up?”

Imagine the scenes in those brainstorming sessions. Maybe someone piped up, “What if every door spat out a tiny toy like a surprise ninja jumping out of a birthday cake?” Patent approved! Or picture this: “What if this calendar transforms into a magical 3D holiday wonderland when you open all the doors?” Patent pending!

And hold onto your sleigh bells, folks! We’re not just talking about your grandpa’s classic cardboard calendars. Nope! Nowadays, we’ve got calendars that don’t just surprise you with chocolates; they’ve got beer, wine (yes, please!), LEGO (a family favorite for sure), socks, and who knows, maybe even a partridge in a pear tree!

Canadian Patent No. 2574386

Behind those doors lies a world of inventiveness and creativity, all protected by intellectual property fortresses. So, as you dive into the daily surprise, take a moment to salute those imaginative minds and their patented genius. These calendars aren’t just counting down to Christmas; they’re a journey through a maze of innovation where every door holds a little piece of inventive magic!

So Cheers! to the advent calendar — reminding us that even holiday traditions can have their own intellectual property flair!

🎄 Disclaimer: Attention, holiday adventurers! While we’ve tried our best to keep this blog brimming with festive cheer and giggles, we cannot guarantee that excessive merriment won’t result in spontaneous jingling or the sudden urge to deck halls. Be warned: reading may induce an insatiable craving for chocolate, an uncontrollable desire to create innovative calendar designs, or a sudden affection for talking snowmen. Proceed with caution and a healthy dose of holiday spirit! 🎅🤶



This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2021 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

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