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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

Federal Court’s ruling on patentability ‘good news for innovators,’ IP lawyer says Serge Shahinian

The Federal Court has forcefully struck down the approach used by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to patent claims in a decision expected by the patent bar to have far-reaching implications, particularly for computer-implemented inventions. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

LSO crowd-pleaser fee relief motion the opposite of what’s needed | Jonathan Rosenthal

Let’s say a government were to go rogue and compel you to have a limb amputated. Quick! Which one would you choose? ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Will pandemic finally lead to lower annual fees for Ontario licensees? | Andrew Puiras

Annual fees have been a sort of perennial issue in Law Society of Ontario (LSO) politics, causing groans but never erupting to the forefront. In the 2019 bencher election, many candidates made lowering annual fees part of their platform, but annual fees got lost in the shuffle as the statement of principles took centre stage. In 2019, Convocation lowered 2020 annual fees for lawyers by $135 to $2,066, a modest decrease of approximately six per cent from the previous year. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:59 PM

COVID-19 forces changes on majority of law practices: Survey Jana Schilder

A new survey of 400 legal professionals across Canada reveals that 67 per cent of those surveyed expect to see, or are currently experiencing, practice-related changes due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public | Joseph Groia

These are difficult times for many members of the legal professions. Like so many others across the province, the country and the globe, lawyers and paralegals have seen COVID-19 have a material impact on their practices. Now is the time for the legal community to come together and work collaboratively to respond to the very real social and financial effects of COVID-19. And, we need to do this in a thoughtful, strategic and disciplined way — resisting reckless responses in direct contrast to the havoc of the pandemic itself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 10:32 AM

COVID-19 vaccine update Hypodermic

The world has been in pandemic mode for more than eight months and researchers are working around the clock to find a vaccine against COVID-19. The New York Times reports that there are 38 vaccines in human clinical trials and at least 93 preclinical vaccines under active investigation in animals. Here are some patent updates tied to COVID-19 vaccines. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Implications of patenting adaptive clothing Womaninwheelchair.jpg

Adaptive clothing is defined as clothing that caters to the needs of disabled persons and the elderly through design elements that improve the wearer’s quality of life and ease of dressing. Adaptive clothing can also be worn by persons with conditions such as arthritis, edema, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, among others. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation robots

When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]