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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 9:01 AM

Copyright Act review: Netflix, free streaming and the ‘monkey selfie’ copyright_review

It has been a relatively quiet year for copyright law in Canada, but it is ending with a relative bang with the statutory five-year review of the Copyright Act and the Creative Canada initiative. This article will take a brief look at both developments primarily through the lens of a lawyer who represents creators. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

The significance of ‘pipefill’ in two generic drug damages awards

In early 2017 the Federal Court issued decisions involving two significant damages awards under s. 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. An important component of these damages awards related to the concept of “pipefill.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Gale wins Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Awards

An associate with Bereskin & Parr LLP took home two honours from the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Foundation awards. ... [read more]

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

Federal Court of Appeal rules under-payment of fee didn't invalidate patent

In what was described as likely the first and last court proceeding to be undertaken under provisions of an old version of Canada’s Patent Act, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that failure to pay the full fee for the patent of a medication did not render the patent invalid. ... [read more]

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Courts get serious about quantifying reasonable royalties in patent litigation Royalty_percentage_sm

Until recently, there had been few reported Canadian patent infringement decisions dealing with reasonable royalties. This has changed in the past several years. This article looks at some of the key developments in this area of patent infringement financial remedies. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

COPYRIGHT - Protected subject matter - Artistic works - Paintings, drawings, plans, maps, charts - Ownership - Crown - Industrial designs

Appeal by the plaintiff, Keatley Surveying, from summary judgment dismissing its class action against the defendant, Teranet. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds Crown copyright in Teranet decision Teresa Scassa sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision dismissing a class action lawsuit against Teranet Inc., the company that manages the province’s electronic land registration system (ELRS). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Copyright decisions provide nuanced look at paywall-protected news articles Blacklock_copyright_sm

An Ottawa-based subscription news service has received two very different judgments from the courts regarding unauthorized access to its paywall protected articles. ... [read more]

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 8:37 AM

News aggregators: 'Fair dealing' exception doesn't apply to headlines and leads

In a recent case (Cedrom-SNI inc. v. Dose Pro inc.), the Quebec Superior Court issued an interlocutory injunction prohibiting a news aggregation service from reproducing the titles and lead paragraphs of news articles published by three Quebec newspapers. ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

Get ready for the eSports, iSports explosion esports_sm

Spanning the globe, the recent explosion on to the entertainment scene of eSports raises challenging new issues of intellectual property law. ... [read more]