Polar Bear Battle Erupts in Canada

A fight is brewing in Canada's Northwest Territories over a local icon-the polar bear. The government of the Northwest Territories is suing local cutter Sirius Diamonds over its polar bear inscriptions, claiming they duplicate official insignia. "We are preventing somebody from using our property," Bob Bailey, assistant deputy minister of operations for the Northwest Territories, told JCK. He argues that the polar bear has been the region's official symbol since 1968. "Canadian law prevents people from using government symbols," he says. Sirius, however, claims it has laser-inscribed its logo onto diamonds for two years without complaints and that the government only claimed the logo when it saw how successful it was. The company applied for a trademark for the inscription a year and a half ago, although press reports say the approval has been held up. "We spent $1 million promotin
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