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Intellectual Property


Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Toronto and Canada can lead global AI revolution for good | Gillian Hadfield

From the rise of deep fakes to concerns around cybersecurity, biased algorithms and robots taking our jobs, it is clearer than ever that new technologies, which hold so much promise for humanity, are also fraught with profound challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Federal Court issues Canada’s first-ever website blocking order in copyright action Vincent de Grandpré

While Canadian broadcasting companies are hailing a recent precedential Federal Court ruling that issued the country’s first-ever website-blocking court order as a major victory for copyright owners, one of Canada’s top experts in Internet and copyright law believes the matter would be best dealt with by Parliament. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Changes in IP rules affecting transactions, day-to-day operations Mindmeld

The past few years have seen many changes in intellectual property (IP). Some of it is driven by treaty implementation. Other changes are driven by government initiatives that try to modernize and strengthen IP or improve fairness. The result has been that IP practices appear to have become more complex across the board. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

Court rules Edmonton radio station ‘created confusion’ with brand similar to rival Thomas Kurys, Wilson Lue LLP

A power struggle over the branding of a radio station in Edmonton has ended with a judge granting an injunction ordering it to stop using its current name and logo, ruling they damage the reputation of a rival company which had employed a similar brand in the past. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

Kardashians cashing in catchprases in trademark law RiseandShinesign_sm.jpg

Love them or hate them, there is no denying that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is a pop culture phenomenon. ... [read more]

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 10:45 AM

Lawyer, trademark agent joins Langlois’ Quebec office

Langlois lawyers announced that Simon Lemay has joined its Quebec City office. As a lawyer and trademark agent, he focuses his practice on both intellectual property (IP) law and business law. ... [read more]

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Cars without drivers: A roadmap for liability Man sitting in self-driving car

Autonomous vehicles will increasingly become a fact of life in the coming decades. And while their arrival is a certainty, how they will function is not entirely settled. In particular, the kind of technology used by autonomous vehicles to see the road in front of them and to make decisions critical to our safety is now the subject of a battle between Elon Musk and the competition. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

International arbitration gets innovative: Overcoming problems arbitration_global_sm

In the first two parts of this series I wrote about innovative uses of international arbitration in other forms of disputes. After outlining a proposal by former United States Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper (The Arbitration of Cross-Border Business Insolvencies), I noted that so far there has not been a rush to agree to arbitration in cross-border insolvency matters. In this article I would like to discuss why. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 2:37 PM

Trademark infringement with brand revival Radio microphone

A case before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta raises some interesting trademark issues. Corus Radio Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. have sued Harvard Broadcasting Inc. for trademark infringement, among other things, relating to a series of registered trademarks which include the word POWER and the call letters of FM radio stations, namely 97, 107 and 92. The POWER 97 registration is a word mark but the other marks include design presentations such as the station’s logo. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Dickinson Wright adds senior patent agent

Dickinson Wright LLP announced that Matthew D. Powell has joined the firm’s Toronto office as a senior patent agent. ... [read more]