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Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 5:33 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 12:38 AM

SCC affirms Ontario owns Crown copyright in plans of survey filed with province’s land registry system Rosalie Abella

In its first judgment on Crown copyright, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the summary dismissal of a breach of copyright class action launched in 2007 by Ontario’s land surveyors, whose plans of survey filed with the provincial land registry system are being sold online by a commercial database, on Ontario’s behalf, without payment to the surveyor-creators. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

COPYRIGHT - Ownership - Crown

Appeal from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal affirming a decision dismissing a class action brought by Keatley Surveying Ltd (Keatley). ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 7:57 AM

COPYRIGHT - Remedies - Procedure - Costs

Determination of Rogers’ reasonable costs of compliance with a Norwich order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Gene genie: Why criminal law power to protect genetic information is constitutional Bluebodyscience

Science can now peer into the very code of life, the recipe that makes up who we are. DNA testing can tell, with a high degree of certainty, whether we are likely to fall prey to certain illnesses or transmit them to our descendants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Importance of definition of trademark, requirement for distinctiveness pickmepickme

The definition of a “trademark” in the newly amended Trademarks Act is a good starting point for understanding trademarks. The definition provides that a “trademark” means: ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

New IP associate for Bereskin & Parr

Bereskin & Parr LLP announced that Suzie Suliman has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

How Canada should deal with obscene trademarks swearword symbols

Over the summer of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Iancu v. Brunetti 139 S. Ct. 2294 struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, on the basis that the provisions violate the First Amendment, which protects free speech. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

Four new associates for Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar announced that Jacob Green, Chen Li, Michael Sgro and Eleanor Wilson have joined the firm. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Art as loan collateral: The Canadian landscape art_collection_sm

This is the second in a series on utilizing your existing art collection as collateral. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Cassels Brock welcomes 12 associates

Cassels Brock announced that the following 12 associates have joined the firm: Sean Baraich, Ave Bross, Tiffany Chiu, Tristan Davis, Joseph Hamaliuk, Heesoo Kim, Kelly Lee, Any Obando, Paras Patel, Jonathan Shepherd, Rebecca Sim and Jesse Tepperman. All formerly were summer students and articled with the firm. ... [read more]