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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:28 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on patent deadlines Patent Drawer

With courthouse closures and law firms quick to implement remote working policies, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact beyond the realm of public health. As the virus continues to spread, intellectual property offices are adopting measures to accommodate missed deadlines relating to COVID-19. We caution that the information below is a snapshot only. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:46 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Federal Court announces interim measures

Having regard to developments since the Federal Court issued a communication on Friday March 13, the court announced that it will further restrict the scope of its operations in the coming weeks. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Trademarks: Official marks reined in Stampcheckmark

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the registration of an official mark in the face of a claim for infringement is not a valid defence to such a claim. The term “official mark” is used to describe marks adopted and used by a public authority, in Canada as a mark for goods or services. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

Lawson Lundell adds IP partner

Lawson Lundell LLP announced that Richard Okimaw has joined the firm as partner in its office in Kelowna, B.C. Okimaw also joins the firm as a patent and trademark agent. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Effective IP strategy: Patenting treatment for COVID-19 infections LabResearcher

From plunging stock markets and travel bans to closed schools and self-quarantines, the fast evolving COVID-19 outbreak, now declared a pandemic, is impacting businesses and lives around the world. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

Seizure of counterfeit, pirated goods under IP chapter of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Counterfeit watches

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) creates necessary protections for intellectual property rights essential to innovation and economic growth. Customs officials now will have authority to “initiate border measures” against “suspected counterfeit trademark goods” — in other words, seize suspected counterfeit or pirated goods — that are imported, destined for export, in transit or admitted into or exiting from a free trade zone or a bonded warehouse.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Beer company takes high road amid pandemic Coronabeer

A successful brand strategy creates a particular image and drives peoples’ buying decisions. Every component of a successful brand strategy is carefully planned and consistently executed. But there are just some things that you cannot plan for and the makers of Corona beer know that just too well. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 1:11 PM

Miller Thomson adds IP associate in Toronto

Miller Thomson LLP announced that associate Divya Shahani has joined the firm’s business law group in its Toronto office. ... [read more]