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Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Tackling lawyers’ gladiator mindset | Joan Rataic-Lang and Ryan Wozniak

On April 5, 2022, former NHL and Olympic hockey players Chris Nilan, Vicky Sunohara and Theoren Fleury will join lawyers Orlando Da Silva, Lindsay Scott, Ryan Wozniak and Enrico Scicholone for a panel discussion about mental health. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:39 PM

Trade minister announces latest move toward Canada-India interim trade agreement Mary Ng

Following her trade promotion trip to India, Israel, the West Bank and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development Mary Ng said Canada and India have relaunched their negotiations for a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) that would give Canadian businesses greater access to India’s fast-growing market of 1.4 billion consumers. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 11:18 AM

Blaney McMurtry hires IP associate

Blaney McMurtry announced that associate Rae Daddon has joined the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

Remote proctoring must address student privacy, discrimination: scholar Teresa Scassa, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

As university students across the country gear up for final exams, a legal scholar is echoing concerns around privacy and discrimination when it comes to artificial intelligence and its role in remote proctoring. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, many Canadian universities have leaned heavily on the use of remote learning and the online writing of exams. And while the latter has traditionally been an in-person activity, with human proctors present to prevent cheating, the ongoing health crisis has had many institutions turn to private companies that implement remote proctoring. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 8:54 AM

The metaverse: Personal property security in digital assets A person with virtual glasses

The metaverse is a far-reaching concept being discussed in many different spheres of business. However, much confusion still exists in the lending, borrowing and insolvency spaces as to “what is the metaverse?” and what are its implications? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 1:39 PM

Place of origin wineglasses

A recent decision of the Federal Court expands the grounds precluding the registration of a trademark because the mark is clearly descriptive of the place of origin of goods or services applied for (Nia Wine Group Co., Ltd. v. North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Inc. 2022 FC 241). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 9:05 AM

International cybersecurity: Avoiding the dreadful phone call Padlock with bullet hole in it on computer board

It is a frightening situation. It is fast moving and devastating. One might think that the possibilities of confronting it are remote. Until it suddenly happens. In a world where information and data are among the most valuable assets, the chief legal officer of a major multinational company received a dreadful call from the company’s chief information officer at 3 a.m. on a Sunday: “There’s been a data breach, and it affects our operations in 147 countries.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 4:03 PM

Ottawa rolls out more sanctions as Zelenskyy seeks Canada’s support for no-fly zone over Ukraine

In advance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s historic address to the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa announced March 15 its latest round of sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for Russia’s “illegal and unjustifiable” invasion of Ukraine. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 9:35 AM

Adapting to changing legal landscapes and having a sound digital compass | William Poulos

As lawyers, we bring a number of skills to the table when called on by clients. It is well known that communication skills and time management are key in that regard. It is further known that LawPRO statistics indicate that failures in the above skills can lead to claims, costs and discipline proceeding headaches. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 9:30 AM

Decision sets ‘clear guidance’ on limits to Parliament’s powers ‘in relation to patents’: lawyer Miriam Clouthier

The federal government will have to overhaul its regulatory approach and guidelines over patented drug pricing after the Quebec Court of Appeal found a couple of provisions to be unconstitutional and outside the scope of federal jurisdiction over patents, according to a legal expert. ... [read more]