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Intellectual Property


Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:33 PM

New IP, tech associate for DLA Piper

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Richard Mar has joined the firm’s Toronto office as ‎associate counsel in the intellectual property (IP) and technology group.‎ ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

Federal Court awards compensation to Rogers in file sharing case Andrew Bernstein, Torys LLP

The long journey of a number of film production companies in seeking compensation from alleged copyright infringers has taken yet another step after the Federal Court has finally awarded costs to Rogers Communications for finding the information the companies were seeking, at a level far above what they thought the communications giant was entitled to. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

New counsel joins Bereskin & Parr

Bereskin & Parr LLP announced that Naomi Zener has joined the Toronto intellectual property (IP) firm as counsel. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 11:46 AM

Vancouver firm opens Toronto office

Vancouver law firm Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP announced its expansion to Toronto and the opening of its new office on Aug. 10 in the TD Canada Trust Tower of Brookfield Place on Bay Street. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Trademarking obscene, scandalous brands swearing words

In Canada, s. 9(1)(j) of the Trademarks Act includes a prohibition against the registration of a mark that may be “scandalous, obscene or immoral.” Seems straightforward, right? Well, in practice it is based on the subjective bias of the trademark examiner assigned to the application and as a result the Trademarks Office has been quite inconsistent in its implementation. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Five new patent agents join Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG announced that five professionals who have recently passed the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)’s patent agent qualification examination have joined the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Dry eye patent held invalid when viewed through proper lens teardrops_sm.jpg

The claims of a Canadian patent are the numbered paragraphs at the end that define the scope of the legal exclusivity conferred by the patent. When inventors formulate these claims, they are faced with a dilemma. If the claims are too narrow, the defendant may have a workaround. If the claims are too broad, the defendant may be able to successfully argue that the claims are invalid because they cover old or obvious subject matter. The patentee must sometimes walk a tightrope. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 8:04 AM

INSURERS - Duty to defend

Appeal by the insurer from an order that it had a duty to defend the respondents, and from an award of special costs. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:45 AM - Last Updated: Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 1:17 PM

Mistake to look at wine decision as making determination about Middle East: law prof Sam Trosow, Western University faculty of law

A Federal Court judge has ruled that wines being produced by Israeli winemakers in the West Bank cannot be labelled as “products of Israel,” with observers saying the decision may have broad implication for product labelling in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 2:37 PM

Patent Law Treaty ratified

On July 30, Canada formally ratified the Patent Law Treaty. ... [read more]