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Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Federal Court working on access to justice, despite COVID-19; urgent matters still being heard

The Federal Court is continuing to hear all urgent matters, as well as exceptional matters, on a “case-by-case” basis, by teleconference or videoconference according to the terms of its practice direction and order issued March 17, and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on March 20, the court’s legal counsel, Andrew Baumberg has confirmed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19 Working from home

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:40 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:38 PM

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion  Bill Morneau

After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Latest development concerning bad faith, trademarks Drawing

When the government implemented its 2018 intellectual property strategy, the Trademarks Act was amended to add bad faith as a ground for the invalidation of a trademark registration and as a ground of opposition. The registration of a trademark is invalid if the application for registration was filed in bad faith. Similar considerations apply in the opposition of a trademark application. To date no Canadian decisions have considered “bad faith” under the amendments but it is just a matter of time before this occurs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:28 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on patent deadlines Patent Drawer

With courthouse closures and law firms quick to implement remote working policies, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact beyond the realm of public health. As the virus continues to spread, intellectual property offices are adopting measures to accommodate missed deadlines relating to COVID-19. We caution that the information below is a snapshot only. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:46 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Federal Court announces interim measures

Having regard to developments since the Federal Court issued a communication on Friday March 13, the court announced that it will further restrict the scope of its operations in the coming weeks. ... [read more]