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Intellectual Property


Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 1:21 PM

Brand clearance challenges in ‘use-less’ regime Internet Troll

After years of anticipation, on June 17 Canada rolled out significant changes to its trademark law. Among the important changes is the elimination of “use” as a pre-requisite to trademark registration. While this change will simplify trademark applications, it also opens the door to an increase in “clutter” of the Trademarks Register, contentious proceedings and trademark squatters. Accordingly, suitable trademark searching, clearance and monitoring will become increasingly important — and challenging — under the new trademark regime. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Prosecution of trademark applications post June 17: A distinctive affair scentedsoap.jpg

The changes to Canadian trademark law and practice that come into force June 17 will significantly impact the prosecution of Canadian trademark applications. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Peachy keen: How geographical indications could reshape how we view peaches peach

Canadian businesses have lagged behind much of the industrialized nations in their recognition of the value of intellectual property to protect their intangible assets. When we talk about intellectual property, most Canadians are generally familiar with the concepts of protection for patents, trademark and copyright. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Deeth Williams Wall LLP adds IP associate

Deeth Williams Wall LLP announced that Matt Frontini has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

Final countdown to significant Canadian trademark law changes five lightbulbs

On June 17, 2019, the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark law in over 50 years will be implemented. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

A two-stage process for choosing a brand name Branding irons

It is a challenging process to pick a good brand name, but a brand name is frequently of vital importance to the success of the underlying business. The brand must deliver the image consumers associate with it and the values it symbolizes. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Dentons media counsel earns doctor of laws

Dentons announced that Dr. Bob Tarantino, counsel in the firm’s media and entertainment law group, earned his doctor of laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 1:52 PM

Copyright trolls suing thousands of Canadians for file sharing

According to Techopedia, Wikipedia for geeks, file sharing is defined as “the practice of sharing or offering access to digital information or resources, including documents, multimedia (audio/video), graphics, computer programs, images and e-books.” It’s a definition — and an issue — lawyers in Canada may want to look at more closely. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Office of Privacy Commissioner taking an aggressive stance bulldog_watchdog_sm

In this two-part series of articles, we examine how two recent reports by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) appear to be part of a larger strategy by the OPC to try to obtain both legislative changes to strengthen the privacy protections in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (or to obtain the same result by unilaterally interpreting PIPEDA) and to obtain further powers for the OPC. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

OPC opens consultation on transborder data flows: Proposes reversal in approach datalock2.jpb

On April 9, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) launched a consultation on transborder data flows in which they indicated that they were revisiting their long-held position that a transfer of personal information to a service provider for processing does not require consent from the individual, and now propose that a transfer for processing involves a disclosure of personal information and therefore requires consent. ... [read more]