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Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19 Working from home

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:40 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:38 PM

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion  Bill Morneau

After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Latest development concerning bad faith, trademarks Drawing

When the government implemented its 2018 intellectual property strategy, the Trademarks Act was amended to add bad faith as a ground for the invalidation of a trademark registration and as a ground of opposition. The registration of a trademark is invalid if the application for registration was filed in bad faith. Similar considerations apply in the opposition of a trademark application. To date no Canadian decisions have considered “bad faith” under the amendments but it is just a matter of time before this occurs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:28 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on patent deadlines Patent Drawer

With courthouse closures and law firms quick to implement remote working policies, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact beyond the realm of public health. As the virus continues to spread, intellectual property offices are adopting measures to accommodate missed deadlines relating to COVID-19. We caution that the information below is a snapshot only. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:46 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Federal Court announces interim measures

Having regard to developments since the Federal Court issued a communication on Friday March 13, the court announced that it will further restrict the scope of its operations in the coming weeks. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Trademarks: Official marks reined in Stampcheckmark

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the registration of an official mark in the face of a claim for infringement is not a valid defence to such a claim. The term “official mark” is used to describe marks adopted and used by a public authority, in Canada as a mark for goods or services. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

Lawson Lundell adds IP partner

Lawson Lundell LLP announced that Richard Okimaw has joined the firm as partner in its office in Kelowna, B.C. Okimaw also joins the firm as a patent and trademark agent. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Effective IP strategy: Patenting treatment for COVID-19 infections LabResearcher

From plunging stock markets and travel bans to closed schools and self-quarantines, the fast evolving COVID-19 outbreak, now declared a pandemic, is impacting businesses and lives around the world. ... [read more]