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Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Business ethics and the law | Vanisha H. Sukdeo

The meaning of the term “ethics” varies across disciplines from philosophy, political science, business and law. What does it mean when we speak about “business ethics” in relation to the law? When companies lead with ethics, they attempt to abide by not just the legal requirements that bind their company but the underlying principles that shaped the law at its creation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 6:20 AM

PATENTS - Remedies - Accounting of profits

Appeal by Nova Chemicals and cross-appeal by Dow Chemicals from a judgment that determined the accounting of profits Nova owed Dow for patent infringement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

A/V performances, economic rights, copyright protection: Beijing Treaty Actors

For several years actors, musicians and performers have voiced their disappointment over difficulties in getting paid for all the work they do; especially when it is reproduced or otherwise used in digital platforms on terms that run afoul of their economic interests. In efforts to redress the economic disparity experienced within these groups, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances came into force earlier this year. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Lessons from Dr. Dre: Is your high-powered trademark ready for divorce or death? Womanwithheadphones

Dr. Dre is an American rapper and his solo debut studio album in 1992, The Chronic, made him one of the best-selling American music artists of 1993 and earned him a Grammy. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

New chair named to Copyright Board

Justice Luc Martineau has been appointed chair of the Copyright Board of Canada. He assumed the chair position on Oct. 2, 2020, for a five-year term, according to a press release from the office of the minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 3:48 AM

TRADE-MARKS - Expungement - Grounds - Non use

Appeal by Miller Thompson from a decision setting aside the Registrar’s decision and finding that the respondent had established use of the WALDORF ASTORIA mark in Canada for the purposes of s. 45 of the Trademarks Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

Preparing for onslaught of ragpickers’ disease; a.k.a., anthrax anthrax

The highlight of 2020 is COVID-19, the current popular threat to humans. Upcoming public health issues involve other emerging bacteria and viruses — anthrax being one, a serious infectious bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis (B. anthracis). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

CanArbWeek 2020, a recap in two parts: Part two arbitration_puzzle_sm

Virtual webinars and debates on a wide range of practical and academic arbitration topics were presented by no fewer than 14 different organizations during CanArbWeek 2020, held Sept. 21-25 on the Arbitration Place Virtual platform. The event attracted over 1,000 attendees from 22 countries. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 1:15 PM

CanArbWeek 2020, a recap in two parts: Part one arbitration_puzzle_sm

Canada maintains an enviable position in the international arbitration realm, due to its modern legislation, supportive courts, respected arbitrators and experienced counsel, but the future of arbitration as a form of dispute resolution — in particular investor-state arbitration — is uncertain, according to CanArbWeek 2020 keynote speaker Tomasz J. Sikora. ... [read more]