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Intellectual Property


Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 1:07 PM

Intellectual property: Latest word on bad faith Cloud Management

There have been numerous recent decisions in the U.K. and the EU relating to bad faith by an applicant for a trademark. The Canadian Trademark Act has been recently amended to add bad faith as a ground of invalidity, so it makes sense to follow these decisions. ... [read more]

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Free Wi-Fi, other invasions of privacy: Better latte than never | Marcel Strigberger

“To protect your privacy …?” Right! As a boomer, I wonder how much our privacy has eroded over time ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

Innovation scan as business intelligence tool Woman with questions

As part of my summer internship, I attended a webinar Patents as a Business Intelligence Tool presented by Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit research and training organization. The speakers included Martin Couillard, senior director of life sciences and principal of Axelys; Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, VP of Mitacs business development; Kendrick Lo, innovation officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO); and Pierre Des Lierres, director of operations and marketing of WattByWatt Inc. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 5:44 AM

COPYRIGHT - Royalties - Copyright Board - Tariff hearings

Application by six broadcasting distribution undertakings (“BDUs”) for judicial review of a decision of the Copyright Board that determined the quantum of royalty rates payable under the Tariff for the Retransmission of Distant Television Signals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

China’s new patent law: Updates on term adjustment, term extension Map of China and lightbulb

Beginning in earnest in 2017 with the issuance of the “Opinion on Deepening the Reform of the Review and Approval System and Encouraging the Innovation of Drugs and Medical Devices,” China established a reform plan to improve its Intellectual Property (IP) regime. Since then, China has continuously and gradually revised its patent system. For example, last year, China amended its patent law and signed the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Deal committing to make several improvements to its patent system. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

New litigation lawyer for Goldman Sloan Nash and Haber

Goldman Sloan Nash and Haber (GSNH) announced that Jessica Gahtan has joined the firm as an associate and a member of its litigation group and construction group. She was the firm’s 2020-2021 articling student. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

Weighing the past: Heritage protection vs. economic value Canal in Venice

In his Divine Comedy Dante defined the Italian peninsula as bel paese — the beautiful country. What was Dante thinking about? The answer is, the unique landscape and flourishing arts that led to the Renaissance in a matter of less than a century. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Tories propose pandemic financial supports, regulatory reforms, new offences and mandatory minimums Erin O'Toole

The Conservative Party’s self-described “very detailed” election platform contains dozens, if not hundreds, of promises of note to lawyers practising in diverse areas, including in-house, criminal, intellectual property, corporate-commercial, environment, tax, trade, immigration, labour and employment, charities, mining, oil and gas and other natural resources. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 11:48 AM

Intellectual property: Internet survey ruled inadmissible Zippo lighter

A recent decision of the Federal Court has concluded that an online survey was not admissible in determining whether the parties’ respective trademarks were confusing (Tokai of Canada Ltd. v. Kingsford Products Co., LLC 2021 FC 782). ... [read more]

Monday, August 09, 2021 @ 1:34 PM

Collectives turn to Ottawa to amend Copyright Act in light of SCC decision on tariffs Jessica Zagar, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

After the Supreme Court dismissed its appeal regarding an interim tariff placed on York University, Access Copyright and other collectives are calling on the federal government to take action and support creators. ... [read more]