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Intellectual Property


Thursday, August 05, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

The case for gamer rights in metaverse | Alex Davis

Spending time in immersive, virtual worlds has historically been associated with dystopian societies. Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One is the first example that comes to mind for many people. However, rising participation in virtual worlds is on a seemingly unbreakable trajectory amongst the younger generations. One leading “metaverse” (virtual world), Roblox, had over 30 million individuals spend roughly three hours per day in their metaverse over the past year. ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 3:03 PM

COPYRIGHT - Licences - Licensing societies - Voluntary licences - Royalties - Collective societies

Appeal by Access Copyright from the dismissal by the Federal Court of Appeal of its tariff enforcement action. Appeal by York University from the dismissal of its fair dealing counterclaim. Access was a collective society who licenced reproduction rights in published literary works on behalf of creators and publishers. ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Polly wants a mulligan | Marcel Strigberger

Which of these phrases grabs your attention more? “No glucosamine sulphate here” or “This is a dead parrot.”  ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Tariff ‘not binding’ against user ‘who does not accept a licence,’ SCC rules in copyright case Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that a heavily disputed copyright tariff is not enforceable against York University. In a decision released July 30, Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, writing for the Supreme Court, noted that “under the existing relevant legislation in this appeal, an approved tariff is not binding against a user who does not accept a licence.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 10:08 AM

Patent trolls coming for you? Here’s how to protect your company Pen,computer,notepad

A non-practising entity (NPE) collects patents, usually related to technology, with a singular goal in mind — to accuse companies of infringing on these patents and attempt to force a settlement, oftentimes for a substantial amount of funds. You may know them by their more common name, patent trolls, and their impact on companies in Canada and the broader technology industry is significant. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 2:07 PM

Consumer privacy protection: What it means for cross-border businesses Globe with interconnected data locks

As a cross border firm, we are legally “bilingual.” Meaning, we translate and interpret the requirements of U.S., Canadian, EU and other international privacy requirements into a comprehensible format for our clients. For example, from the Canadian perspective, we focus on “personal information,” from the EU perspective, the focus is on “personal data,” and both of those are substantially different from the U.S. concept of personally identifiable information (PII). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Labelling supplemented foods, natural health products: Big changes coming Labels on food supplement bottles

Health Canada has recently proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR), introducing a new regulatory framework for supplemented foods and new labelling requirements for natural health products, respectively. ... [read more]

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

WeirFoulds adds pair of associates

WeirFoulds welcomed two new associates to the firm, Shawn Tian and Agatha Wong.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 1:03 PM

Oyen Wiggs adds two associates

Oyen Wiggs welcomed associates Nina Rajic and Kevin Wang to the firm. Both have joined the firm after the completion of their articles. ... [read more]

Monday, July 19, 2021 @ 8:57 AM

Canada launches consultation on copyright framework for AI and Internet of Things

On July 16, the federal government launched a public consultation to develop “a modern copyright framework for artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).” ... [read more]