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Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Cannabis roundup: This week’s legalization opinion and analysis Cannabis legalization

Here is a roundup of all the analysis and opinion pieces we published this week covering the many aspects of cannabis legalization in Canada that came into effect on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

Cannabis: From mystery to medical intellectual property usethisone.jpg

Cannabis still maintains much of its mystery, thousands of years after it was first used by humans. There is great uncertainty among modern medical practitioners and patients about the pros and cons, and whether or not to use it at all. The limited scientific information available to date has been largely drowned out by PR hype, regulators and inaccurate anecdotal information from acquaintances. Even governments have appeared confused. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

Budding this fall: The serious business of recreational cannabis cannabis_legalization

While we usually associate flowers with spring, the budding cannabis industry will be flowering this fall. With legalization of adult-use cannabis now finally implemented, market participants will continue their race to obtain and increase their share of the burgeoning market sector. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

Top judge suggests Ottawa should publicly explain when it rejects courts’ reasonable budget requests TLD Exclusive

Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton says the federal government should be obliged to account to the public why it turns down budgetary requests from Canada’s four national courts that are deemed reasonable by an independent advisory body. Since budget freezes nearly shuttered some of his courtrooms last year, the Federal Court’s leader has been striving to come up with a way to boost the operational funding of the itinerant national trial court that has seen successive governments turn down budget requests from the Courts Administration Service (CAS) — the registry for the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court and Court Martial Appeal Court. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

Blaney McMurtry bolsters team with addition of eight associates

Blaney McMurtry LLP announced that Benjamin Burgar, Jonathan Fillipone, Dena Givari, Zoe Hontoulas, Shayan Kamalie, Jonathan Mor, Anthony Gatensby and Harrison Nemirov have joined the Toronto firm as associates. ... [read more]

Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

Experts’ opinion that Canada ‘caved on IP’ in USMCA is all about skewed perspective | May Cheng

On Oct. 1, 2018, following frenzied weekend trade negotiations, Canada announced that it would join in the new tripartite agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Early news coverage also started to point to experts claiming that Canada “sold out” on intellectual property (IP) provisions and that the deal on IP was “bad for Canada.” I couldn’t disagree more. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

Diving deep into the how and what now of the USMCA usmca_trade_sm

The new USMCA trilateral trade deal struck last week between the United States, Canada and Mexico that is set to replace NAFTA lifted the uncertainty that the partners could come to a mutually beneficial understanding after 13 months of negotiations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

An order protecting protective orders Secret_sm.jpg

In a recent decision (Seedlings Life Science v. Pfizer Canada 2018 FC 956) Justice Shirzad Ahmed of the Federal Court of Canada issued a protective order on consent of all parties. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

CRTC overstepped mandate in bringing in code to govern contracts: Federal Court of Appeal Graham Honsa, Wilson Lue LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in its attempts to regulate contracts between content producers and broadcasters, saying the commission overstepped its bounds under the Broadcasting Act. ... [read more]

Friday, October 05, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

Federal Court sends non-Canadian businesses significant trademark signal virtualhotellobby_sm.jpg

After much anticipation, the Federal Court of Canada has released yet another decision which signals to non-Canadian businesses that a physical presence in Canada may not be necessary to constitute “use” of a trademark in Canada in association with services. ... [read more]