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Federal Court decision instructive on scope of patent agent privilege: lawyer
Jennifer Marles, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP
Jennifer Marles, a partner with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP in Vancouver, said she believes this decision is instructive for both lawyers and non-lawyer patent agents, but especially the latter because it has provided a very clear indication that certain of their communications that they might have believed would be protected by privilege, are not.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 1:03 PM

A recent Federal Court ruling in Janssen Inc. v. Sandoz Canada Inc. 2021 FC 1265 established that non-lawyer patent agent communications are privileged only in narrowly focused circumstances defined under Canada’s Patent Act. ... [read more]

Court ruling an example of clash between bankruptcy law, family law: scholar Subscriber only content Rollie Thompson, Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 9:14 AM

A Nova Scotia court decision involving a divorcee being left with no equalization payment from matrimonial property division and no ability to recoup money she paid to clear her ex-husband’s tax debt is an example of how bankruptcy law trumps family law, says a legal mind. ... [read more]

Ontario adds $1 million in funding to closed circuit TV grant program for police

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 3:38 PM

On Jan. 25, the Ontario government announced $1 million in funding through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant program to help “nine police services fund projects to replace outdated equipment, enhance current technology, and expand CCTV camera coverage in areas where gun and gang violence and correlated crimes such as drug and human trafficking are most prevalent.” ... [read more]

Joint submissions ‘not sacrosanct,’ Appeal Court rules in case of woman who killed abusive husband Subscriber only content

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 11:58 AM

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Alberta’s top court has halved an 18-year sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of her abusive husband, saying the initial sentence reflected stereotypes and outdated thinking about battered women. ... [read more]

Updated federal family law booklets helpful to lawyers and clients: lawyer Shelley Hounsell-Gray, Blackburn Law.

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 3:59 PM

Updated information booklets on amended federal divorce laws and how they apply to separation, shared parenting, family violence and putting kids first will remind lawyers to help parting spouses find “peaceful” and “workable solutions” to disputes, says a legal mind involved with the project. ... [read more]