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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

How Canada should deal with obscene trademarks swearword symbols

Over the summer of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Iancu v. Brunetti 139 S. Ct. 2294 struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, on the basis that the provisions violate the First Amendment, which protects free speech. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

Four new associates for Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar announced that Jacob Green, Chen Li, Michael Sgro and Eleanor Wilson have joined the firm. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Art as loan collateral: The Canadian landscape art_collection_sm

This is the second in a series on utilizing your existing art collection as collateral. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Cassels Brock welcomes 12 associates

Cassels Brock announced that the following 12 associates have joined the firm: Sean Baraich, Ave Bross, Tiffany Chiu, Tristan Davis, Joseph Hamaliuk, Heesoo Kim, Kelly Lee, Any Obando, Paras Patel, Jonathan Shepherd, Rebecca Sim and Jesse Tepperman. All formerly were summer students and articled with the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 2:45 PM

Tangible, meaningful benefit while in Canada: Recent Federal Court decision Tradingmoneyforideas

“Use it or lose it.” Canadian trademark owners are well aware of this principle. To maintain a trademark, an owner or licensee must use it in association with its registered wares or services. Use requires that Canadians receive “a tangible and meaningful benefit while in Canada.” That seems straightforward. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Art as loan collateral: What lenders want art_collection_sm

You are a collector in Canada of Canadian and international art and now have an opportunity to purchase another important artwork for your collection. You do not have ready cash. You do not want to tie up your personal or business credit, since it may be needed for other purposes. You think about whether you can utilize your existing art collection as collateral, normally a non-revenue generating asset.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

Art dealer made ‘false representation’ on Morrisseau painting, damages owed, court rules Chloe Snider

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal over a contested Indigenous painting ruling that the trial judge erred in rejecting evidence “based on his own personal research” and misapprehending the evidence of the contract between the parties. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 10:16 AM

Five new associates join Bereskin & Parr

Bereskin & Parr LLP announced that the following have joined the firm as associates: Denver Bandstra, Callum Lootsma, Andrea Uetrecht, Shuo Xing and Lawrence Yu. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

Fetherstonhaugh changes name to Smart & Biggar IP Agency Co.

Canadian patent and trademark agency Fetherstonhaugh & Co. on Sept. 3 announced it has changed its name to Smart & Biggar IP Agency Co. ... [read more]