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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 3:14 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Federal Court’s ruling on patentability ‘good news for innovators,’ IP lawyer says
The Federal Court has forcefully struck down the approach used by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to patent claims in a decision expected by the patent bar to have far-reaching implications, particularly for computer-implemented inventions.

LSO decision on practice fees sends ‘terrible’ message to profession: bencher
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers have decided to defer a motion to give lawyers and paralegals a cut in the practice fees to help deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move being called condescending by the lawyer who brought it forward.

Court cites ‘prejudices’ to Black tenants in overturning landlord’s eviction bid
In a case involving commercial leasing, an Ontario Superior Court judge has concluded that a Toronto landlord and property manager consciously or unconsciously displayed “racial stereotyping” when they terminated a tenant’s lease and tried to evict the owners of the Caribbean restaurant from their shopping plaza.

Ontario’s chief justices call for reinvestment in legal aid at court opening ceremony
Two of Ontario’s top judges have urged the provincial and federal governments to reinvest in legal aid at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Ontarians at their most vulnerable.

Access to Justice: Gladue reports: We all have role to play
In her column, Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin writes: “When I was asked by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write this guest column, I was honoured. I am writing about a subject that is dear to me: the use of Gladue reports in our judicial system. Gladue reports are an important part of access to justice for Indigenous persons.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.