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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Canada’s ambiguity on art: donations versus export Blue irises

The Heffel Gallery Limited v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FC 605 decision delivered by the Federal Court in June 2018 was met with considerable controversy. This decision is considered a significant art law decision within the art community as it marks the first time the “national importance” requirement has been judicially considered since enactment in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act in the 1970s. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated for SCC brings strong expertise in class actions, family, civil law Nicholas Kasirer

Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer, the former McGill University law dean nominated July 10 for the Supreme Court of Canada, professes a passionate commitment to bijuralism; strong expertise in class actions, family and the civil law; and an approach to judicial lawmaking that encompasses both boldness and caution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

PATENTS - Infringement - Anticipation (lack of novelty) - Obviousness

Appeal by the plaintiff, Tearlab Corporation, from dismissal of its patent infringement action against the defendant, I-MED Pharma. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 4:26 PM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated to replace Gascon on SCC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on July 10 the nomination of the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 2:02 PM

Shields raises eyebrows at Charlotte Tilbury: Understanding right of personality Stylizedfemaleface.jpg

An interesting case in the U.S. was recently launched by actor Brooke Shields against makeup conglomerate Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Inc., which highlights the importance of brand expansion planning for celebrities and their namesake brand. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

Misleading advertising: Be careful what you claim Smilingteeth

In a world where consumers are bombarded by advertising, it is crucial for brands to stand out or risk obscurity. Powerful tools in the advertiser’s arsenal include the celebrity endorsement and the performance claim. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:39 AM

Ottawa lawyer appointed to Federal Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced that Janet M. Fuhrer, partner at Ridout & Maybee LLP in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court and a judge ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal. Justice Fuhrer replaces Justice Anne L. Mactavish, who was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal on June 11. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Queen’s Law developing AI trademark tool with European business school Samuel Dahan sm

The Conflict Analytics Lab, at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, has partnered with LegalEDHEC, a research centre in France, to develop a tool that will put “artificial intelligence at the heart of decision-making in the field of intellectual property law.” ... [read more]