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Intellectual Property


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]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 1:07 PM

Bad news for trademark squatters: China introduces ‘intent-to-use’ requirement CanadianChineseflags

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is the world’s second-largest economy and represents an exciting, untapped global market. A challenge faced by many international entities when entering the Chinese market is that their brands have already been registered as trademarks in China by speedy local filers. Some local filers are professional squatters that have no real intent to use the trademark, but instead, they aim to make money by holding the trademark registration for ransom. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Bank encourages law firms to consider candidates for Patent for Startups program Josh Death sm

TD Bank has expanded its Patent for Startups program to assist cleantech companies, fulfilling a commitment to support a low-carbon economy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]