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Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 2:22 PM

U.S. firm agrees to stop selling Screechers Wild! toys due to patent dispute Transformers

Spin Master Ltd., which is based in Toronto, and according to its statement of claim, is the largest Canadian toymaker and one of the top five toy companies globally, acquired the Canadian patent for transformable toys from Sega Toys Co. Ltd., whose patent was originally co-owned by Sega Toys Co. and Sega Corporation of Japan, and whose patent expires on May 23, 2026. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM

Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 9:13 AM

Views about Drake’s 6IX trademark dispute Duellingmics_sm.jpg

If you represent Drake’s company, October’s Very Own IP Holdings (OVO), and you’re opposing registration of the trademark “6IX” by a local Toronto DJ, and you think it’ll be a slam dunk because Drake (the Raptors’ global ambassador) has been synonymous with the 6IX since the 2014 announcement of his original album title Views from the 6 — think again! ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

COPYRIGHT - Protected subject matter - Compilations and collective works

Appeal by PS Knight from a decision granting the respondent CSA’s application for copyright infringement with respect to the 2015 version of the Canadian Electrical Code and awarding CSA costs of $96,336. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

IP firm Deeth Williams Wall adds two new partners, counsel

Deeth Williams Wall LLP announced that Lauren Lodenquai and Tom Feather have been admitted as partners and Gary T. Daniel has joined the firm as counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Takeaway in burger wars: Bullies lose more often than you might think bigguysteppingonlittleguy

There is a lot of brouhaha in the global media this month about the defeat of McDonald’s Big Mac trademark in the European Union (EU) by an Irish fast food chain called Supermac’s. The story is being bandied around as a classic “David and Goliath” fight where the little guy has won and beaten the odds. In reality, the story behind it is a bit more complex. Nevertheless, the real takeaway here is the fact that aggressive trademark owners like McDonald’s often lose to smaller rivals because, just like Goliath, they don’t recognize their own weaknesses. ... [read more]

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Lametti brings political, communication, people skills to his new roles as Justice minister, AG Canada David Lametti

McGill University law professor David Lametti, an accomplished IP scholar who plays hockey and punk-rock vinyl records to relax, has the intellectual heft, political judgment and communication and interpersonal skills necessary to excel as Canada’s 52nd attorney general and minister of Justice, say lawyers who know him from politics and academe. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Smart & Biggar adds two associates to Montreal office

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh announced that Julie E. Larouche and Marie Christine Bernier have joined the firm as associates in Montreal.   ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 2:22 PM

Canada’s shifting privacy landscape Switchboard

In early January 2019, Bell Canada caught the media spotlight over its “tailored marketing program.” The program will collect massive amounts of personal information, including “Internet browsing, streaming, TV viewing, location information, wireless and household calling patterns, app usage and the account information.” ... [read more]