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Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From bankruptcy to beer top_ten_sm

To kick off the new year right, here is a listing of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada for 2019. The listing will be in the form of a two-part series, which begins below with numbers 6-10, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Trademarks: Big decisions in 2019, what to look for in 2020 Patentsymbol2.jpg

Last year was a momentous year for trademark decisions. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed six of the most important developments. In this part, we address six others. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 1:06 PM

Navigating international business negotiations: Four challenges compass_business_sm

We lawyers are often criticized for being too parochial. This is certainly not an appealing attribute for legal advisers who work internationally. We need to be unprejudiced and open-minded. Acting as in-house or external counsel for an international company is a fascinating experience. It requires refined preparation and sensitivity to successfully perform as a trusted adviser in a global business and legal environment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Ottawa appoints BLG partner to Federal Court

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced that Christine Pallotta, partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. Justice Pallotta replaces Justice James W. O’Reilly, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 29, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Notable 2019 trademark decisions, what to look for in 2020 CanadianPatent

Last year, 2019, was a momentous year for trademark owners and their advisers. We have experienced the culmination of the trademark reform process and the introduction of the amendments to the Trademarks Act in June. Many changes have been implemented. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Clark Wilson names five new partners

Clark Wilson LLP announced the appointment of five new partners, Athar Malik, Avery Saunders, Gordon Behan, Karen Ngan and Katie Mak. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

U of T’s experiential program makes learning about the law ‘come alive’ Kim_Snell

Emma Weiss, a second-year law student at the University of Toronto, recalls feeling shocked as she sat in startup advisory board meetings in the fall of 2019. “I’m used to being a student and having no answers,” she said. But the startup teams “expected me to have answers to things. ... It was a learning moment for me that when I’m out of law school, all of the sudden I’m going to be in this trusted adviser position.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 11:35 AM

Notable 2019 copyright decisions Copyrightsymbol3

The year 2019 saw a number of very significant copyright decisions released. In the first three parts of this series we discussed assessing when infringement of an artistic work occurs, the subsistence of copyright in a compilation as well as granting Norwich orders and an ISP’s costs for complying with a Norwich order. The following final instalment addresses individuals as joint authors; Crown copyright; and determining when a court has jurisdiction in an action for infringement. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

Smart & Biggar adds IP litigation partner

Smart & Biggar announced that Evan Nuttall has joined the firm’s intellectual property (IP) litigation practice group as a partner. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:39 AM

U.S. China phase-one trade deal: Stronger China IP regime in making USChinaflags.jpg

After almost two years of hostilities, on Jan. 15, 2020, China and the U.S. signed an agreement on a phase-one trade deal easing tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. Intellectual property issues form an important part of the agreement. ... [read more]