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Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Using the Copyright Act to fight revenge porn

Cyber-bullying is a problem not limited to Canada. nbsp; It’s everywhere. According to the International Telecommunication Union, over 3 billion people now use the internet.  It’s used for everything, including destroying reputations.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Lawyer to head blockchain company Decentral

Addison Cameron-Huff, a Toronto-based technology lawyer and software developer, has been named as president of Decentral Inc. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

Technology lawyer Wilks joins Inter Alia Law

Richard Wilks, an entertainment and technology lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience, has joined Inter Alia Law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

South Asian Bar Association of Toronto celebrates award winners

The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) honoured two lawyers and one organization at its annual SABA Awards. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

Getting around trademark ‘squatters’ and other clutter as the IP system changes

Canada is introducing significant changes to its trademark system, expected in 2019. Hopefully, trademark squatters will not be the only ones celebrating. Some of these changes will liberalize procedures and, initially, businesses can expect their trademarks to register more quickly. However, these changes also come with significant risks. Businesses should prepare to encounter more trade-mark squatters and conflicting trademark applications that could challenge brand clearance strategies. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

TRADE-MARKS - Infringement - Confusion and deception - Passing off and unfair competition - Confusion as to wares and services - Remedies - Procedure - Appeals

Appeal by Wenger S.A., Group III International and Holiday Group from a Federal Court judgment in favour of the respondent, Travelway Group International. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

Federal Court of Appeal finds trademark infringement in flap over Swiss flag logo Bill Northcote, Shibley Righton LLP

A Canadian luggage company has been dealt a blow after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled several of its logos would be “likely to cause confusion” with the trademark of a Swiss company specializing in goods marked with a symbol resembling the cross on the Swiss flag. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Injunction lifted for documentary on film so bad it’s good bad_movie_sm

Fans of the cult movie The Room — widely beloved and ridiculed for being the “Citizen Kane of bad movies” — now have not one but two behind-the-scenes films to look forward to this year after an Ontario court has lifted an injunction against one of them. The first film is a star-studded Hollywood dramatization called The Disaster Artist starring James Franco and the other, the subject of the injunction, is a fan-made, making-of-documentary titled Room Full of Spoons. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

How NAFTA renegotiation will affect trademarks and patents canadian_patent_sm

Canada’s participation in international trade agreements has a history of strengthening national intellectual property (IP) protections. Will the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) present similar opportunities for the Canadian patent and trademarks regime? The Trump administration’s May 2017 announcement of the United States’ intent to renegotiate the 23-year old NAFTA pact has led to speculation that an evolution in Canada’s IP legislation may be on the horizon. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Plowman joins Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson LLP  has hired corporate finance specialist and registered trademark agent Kevin Plowman as a partner in its Calgary office. ... [read more]