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Canvas is still using after court deadline passes

Company is hoping an appeals court will grant a stay.

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Canvas is still using, even though a court-ordered deadline to rebrand has passed.

Diversity recruiting platform Canvas is still using the Canvas brand and domain name after a court deadline forcing a change passed.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball granted a preliminary junction on January 5 in favor of Instructure (NYSE: INST), a company that says Canvas is infringing its trademark for Canvas. He gave Canvas 15 days to cease using the brand, delete all online posts using the Canvas brand, and stop using the domain name.

On January 19, he denied Canvas’ request for a stay and reiterated his January 20 deadline.

It’s now January 24, and Canvas hasn’t changed its brand.

It appears that Canvas is waiting for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant it a reprieve. On January 20, the company filed an Emergency Motion to Stay Entry of Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal with the appeals court. The company reiterated its plea that changing its brand and domain name would devastate the business, making any future decisions in its favor moot.

The appeals court is asking Instructure to respond by January 26.

It makes sense that Canvas would wait for the appeals court to rule, given the short timeframe and the repercussions of changing its domain name and brand.

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