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Intellectual Property


Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 1:42 PM

New IP partner for Fasken in Montreal

Fasken announced that new partner and patent agent Alain Leclerc has joined the firm’s intellectual property (IP) practice group in the Montreal office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Smart & Biggar adds four associates in Montreal

Smart & Biggar announced that associates Elodie Dion, Ali Faridukbou, Christopher A. Guaiani and Lorena Olmos have joined the firm’s litigation and patents team in Montreal. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

How to prove that mark is distinctive Tealeaves

A recent trademark decision of the Federal Court considers a ground of opposition based on lack of distinctiveness and reviews what evidence is necessary to support such a ground. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:24 AM

Smart & Biggar adds senior associate

Smart & Biggar announced that Colin Climie has joined the intellectual property (IP) firm’s patent practice in Toronto as a senior associate. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

How Internet site-blocking orders might help battle online infractions Internetalert

A recent decision of the Federal Court (Bell Media Inc. v. John Doe 1 (c.o.b. GoldTV.Biz) 2019 FC 1432) has granted a site-blocking order against several Internet service providers (ISPs). ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Gender diversity in legislative drafting act | Lawrence David

One never truly knows to where a simple cup of vanilla chai can possibly lead. Case in point: I went to an unnamed, yet well-known coffee shop around the block after a day of writing. Aside from placing my order, I had an incredibly insightful conversation with a barista. Their name is Jaclyn, and they are an exemplar of human warmth, decency and going above and beyond preparing a customer a cup of vanilla chai. Jaclyn inspired this column and I am privileged to dedicate it to them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Toronto and Canada can lead global AI revolution for good | Gillian Hadfield

From the rise of deep fakes to concerns around cybersecurity, biased algorithms and robots taking our jobs, it is clearer than ever that new technologies, which hold so much promise for humanity, are also fraught with profound challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Federal Court issues Canada’s first-ever website blocking order in copyright action Vincent de Grandpré

While Canadian broadcasting companies are hailing a recent precedential Federal Court ruling that issued the country’s first-ever website-blocking court order as a major victory for copyright owners, one of Canada’s top experts in Internet and copyright law believes the matter would be best dealt with by Parliament. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Changes in IP rules affecting transactions, day-to-day operations Mindmeld

The past few years have seen many changes in intellectual property (IP). Some of it is driven by treaty implementation. Other changes are driven by government initiatives that try to modernize and strengthen IP or improve fairness. The result has been that IP practices appear to have become more complex across the board. ... [read more]