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Intellectual Property


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

University of Windsor names first endowed chair in law and entrepreneurship

The University of Windsor Faculty of Law announced the appointment of Myra Tawfik as the inaugural Don Rodzik Family Chair in Law and Entrepreneurship, the law faculty’s first endowed chair. Professor Tawfik, who holds the rank of distinguished university professor, is an expert in intellectual property (IP) law with an extensive background of research, teaching, community outreach and policy development in IP education for startups and entrepreneurs. The appointment is effective July 1, for a five-year term. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 11:40 AM

Damages compensation across various jurisdictions Map of Europe

When a claimant brings a case to court, he or she is hoping that someone appointed by the state and administering justice on behalf of his or her fellow citizens makes things right. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Who owns copyright in works created by employees? Electric Blue copyright symbol

The decision of the English High Court of Justice raises some interesting issues concerning the ownership of copyright works created by employees (Penhallurick v MD5 Ltd [2021] EWHC 293).   ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Podcasting for lawyers and law firms Microphone, headphones and "on air" sign

There’s a podcast for every topic under the sun, including the world of law and legal services. Podcasts are becoming a popular and effective forum for both content consumption and content generation. While some listen to podcasts for entertainment, for many, they are an educational and thought leadership tool. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Inside the race to psychedelic patents Psychedelic syringe

The idea of psychedelics as an industry is gaining traction across international borders. In Canada, it is becoming increasingly popular in both political discussions and as a research topic. Research is being done in Canada to explore the medicinal capabilities of psychedelics, like the potential benefits of psilocybin therapy for patients at the end of life and for those experiencing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

PATENTS - Claims - Construction - Defences to infringement

Appeal by Western Oilfield and FP Marangoni Inc. (FPM) from a Federal Court decision finding they infringed certain claims of the respondent’s 173 Patent related to shale shakers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 10:57 AM

U.S. top court rules Google’s copying Oracle’s code permissible fair use Oracle Corp. Headquarters

The U.S. Supreme Court released a much-anticipated ruling in Google LLC v. Oracle Am., Inc. 2021 U.S. LEXIS 1864, ending the decade-long copyright battle between Google and Oracle, two of Silicon Valley’s technology powerhouses. This ruling represents the first time that the court tackled the fair use doctrine in the context of modern computer software. By a 6-2 vote, the court sided with Google and held that Google’s copying of Oracle’s code was a permissible “fair use” under U.S. law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:27 AM

Difficulties with descriptive trademarks Two partially filled wine glasses

A decision of the Federal Court illustrates the potential problems that can arise relating to the use of descriptive trademarks particularly when the mark was not appropriately used (Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. v. Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp. 2021 FC 156). ... [read more]