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Intellectual Property


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Copyright no plaything: Celebrity tattoos in video games Tattoo

Tattooed celebrities are abundant; from Sean Mendes’s fan-designed butterfly, to Drake’s “6 God” praying hands, to the elaborate artwork displayed on the bodies of professional athletes like basketball star LeBron James (by one account more than half of all active NBA players have tattoos) — the list goes on. Whether it’s angels or demons, expressions of faith, or names of family and friends who’ve been loved or lost, there’s no doubt a celebrity’s body art is an integral part of their personal brand, appearance and public identity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Federal Court of Appeal decision means no questions left on test for protective orders: lawyer Andrew Brodkin, Goodmans LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has clarified the test to be used when determining whether to issue a protective order in intellectual property cases, a decision a lawyer involved in the case says now offers greater certainty to companies on what their rights are in Canada when seeking to protect information. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Humour in the practice of law: Seriously | Marcel Strigberger

Are you sometimes overstressed practising law? Is your sense of humour dormant or even worse, muzzled? Of course not, but if it is … ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Three new partners at Lavery

Lavery Lawyers announced the appointments of Valérie Belle-Isle, Guillaume Laberge and Béatrice Ngatcha as partners of the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Representation and warranty insurance expanding in Canada insurance_risk_sm

In M&A transactions, the representations and warranties, as well as the related indemnity and holdback provisions, are major points of negotiation. The purpose of these provisions is to allocate the risk of liability between the seller and buyer. However, the required due diligence and the negotiation process can be enormously costly and ultimately the deal may fall apart as the risk cannot be allocated in a manner that is satisfactory to both parties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 12:58 PM

Guaranteed to cure the flu … but can you prove it? Snakeoil

It’s cold and flu season, and with it comes plenty of products promising to help you avoid this year’s flu. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administrationy (FDA) has been cracking down on companies claiming that their products can prevent the flu, without appropriate drug licensing or support for the claims made. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Smart & Biggar adds three associates

Smart & Biggar announced that Noelle Engle-Hardy, Denise Felsztyna and Andrea Berenbaum are the newest associates at the intellectual property (IP) law firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

Adapting to change: Five Key mindsets for adding value arrow_blocks_sm

Expectations of in-house counsel are changing. General counsel and their teams are being challenged to “add value” in their interactions with business. But what does this translate to in practice? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Watch out for trademark trolls Trumpsign1

Brand owners need to diligently monitor the marketplace and subscribe to a watch service so they are aware of the activities of those who seek to abuse the system, among others. Abusive applications can be opposed based on bad faith and other grounds. ... [read more]