Focus On

Intellectual Property


Tuesday, December 01, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

How green value chain affects trends, fashion, vegetation, legal framework Closeupleaf

Green is a fashion colour. Do you want to sell a product? Make it green. Are you supplying a service? Make it green. From global warming and ocean water levels to the thinning ozone layer, a new consciousness in younger generations makes “green” and “sustainability” two must haves in the marketing and communications department of any company in all areas of business. ... [read more]

Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 9:41 AM

Estate tech alignment: Which approach suits you best hands_digital_sm

The estate management requirements of our clients’ growing portfolio of digital assets is an emerging area for the estate industry and estate practitioners. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Glossier files two packaging applications, gains registration for one, so far Bubblewrap

In early 2019, the beauty and skincare brand Glossier Inc. filed two trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) relating to the packaging of its goods — one for its pink-lined boxes, and the other for its pink bubble wrap pouches. Both applications claim the colour pink as a feature of the mark, and were filed for cosmetics, makeup, skincare products and related goods and services. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Sitting upstage: How Canadian application of international law remains relevant global_law_sm

Alberta’s absence from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial human rights ministers meeting last week did not go unnoticed. In its Nov. 12, 2020, news release, Amnesty International stated that: “The government of Alberta did not participate because it considers that the province is not bound to report on or engage with international instruments or mechanisms to which it is not a Party ...” While groups expressed shock by this claim, provincial responsibility for abiding by international law is misunderstood by many. This article hopes to shed light on how international law becomes part of Canadian law and how there have been limited exceptions of contradictions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

Detraumatizing court emptycourtroom.jpg

The legal industry lacks diversity. The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has indicated that since 2014, the number of women and racialized lawyers becomes greatly reduced in partner and senior leader roles in our industry. Yet in many instances it is senior members of the legal profession who act as advocates and ultimate decision makers for the lives of a very diverse populace. The legal profession may thus be incapable of accounting for post-colonial trauma that emerges for many individuals by virtue of merely being in a courtroom. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Access to Justice: Will COVID-19 justice become the norm? | Beverley McLachlin

I am an optimist. In previous columns I have expressed the hope that COVID-19 will reveal the inefficiencies and gaps in how we deliver justice to Canadians and allow us to build a better justice system that combines the strengths of the current system with new thinking on how to run our justice institutions more efficiently and humanely. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

COVID-19 being used as means to spread malicious online content, report says

Online actors are using COVID-19-related content as a means of getting people to open malicious links and attachments, according to a federal government agency tasked with monitoring online threats. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Overhaul of privacy laws includes new data protections, hefty fines for non-compliance Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains

Ottawa is launching one of the biggest shakeups of Canada’s privacy laws in many years in order to give Canadians more control over what they share online, with companies potentially facing millions of dollars in fines if they are found to misuse personal information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Estate tech alignment: How IT alignment model works hands_digital_devices_sm

The estate management requirements of our clients’ growing portfolio of digital assets is an emerging area for the estate industry and estate practitioners. The goal of this series of articles is to provide context on how the estate industry could approach a client’s digital estate from a business enterprise perspective and a framework of how to execute. ... [read more]