Category: Intellectual Property

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Canadian Trade-mark Owners: Beware of Recent Frauds and Scams

November 4, 2014

  Owners of Canadian trade-marks are being targeted in a series of frauds and scams that, in various iterations, have been around for many years but which appear to have recently re-surfaced with a vengeance.   Canadian trade-mark owners are being sent correspondence from what appear to be governmental organizations. The correspondence typically shows the trade-mark and correctly identifies the…

The Recent Buzz in IP Litigation in Canada

September 30, 2014

Canada has seen a number of significant developments in Canadian IP litigation over the last few years. Join members of the Blakes Intellectual Property group for a webinar on an overview of the Canadian IP litigation marketplace, the types of cases being filed and other recent trends. Topics: Patent, Copyright and Trade-mark Trolling Expert Evidence Counterfeit Litigation Remedies Speakers: Anthony…

As Coming into Force Looms, CRTC Publishes Anti-Spam Corporate Compliance Guidance

June 20, 2014

With less than two weeks to go before the coming into force date for the main provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published a number of infographics and a Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326: Guidelines to help businesses develop corporate compliance programs (Compliance Bulletin).     BRIEF BACKGROUND   Designed as one of…

Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law

June 3, 2014

  Blakes is once again hosting our popular annual seminar on Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law. This fast-paced and informative session offers attendees an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of recent developments in intellectual property. Blakes lawyers and patent agents will highlight the key elements of each topic and provide forecasts and constructive recommendations. In all, there…

On Your (Trade-)Marks, Get Set, Go! Canadian Government Seeks Swift Passage of Changes to Trade-marks Act

April 16, 2014

  On March 28, 2014, the Government of Canada proposed the most substantial changes to Canada’s Trade-marks Act since the existing legislation came into force in the 1950s. The most significant of these proposed changes will be the elimination of the requirement that a mark be used in Canada or abroad before registration. Many of the other proposed changes will make Canadian…

Sign Language: Quebec Court Rules on English-only Trade-mark Use in Public Signs

April 15, 2014

  On April 9, 2014 the Superior Court of Québec issued a long-awaited decision sought by various retailers who challenged the interpretation of Quebec’s language legislation by the Office Québécois de la langue française (OQLF) in relation to the use of trade-marks in a language other than French on storefront signs. In Magasins Best Buy ltée c. Québec (Procureur général), the…

Rejection of IP Class Action Settlement May Raise Approval Bar

March 27, 2014

  A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests that the standard for approval of class action settlements has been elevated. In Waldman v. Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, Justice Paul Perell rejected a proposed class action settlement, concluding that it was not fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the class members. Under the Class Proceedings Act, class…

I Know What You Downloaded Last Summer: Disclosure of Internet User Identity

March 18, 2014

  A recent decision of the Federal Court of Canada has provided further guidance on how the court will attempt to safeguard the privacy rights of Internet users when confronted with a request for disclosure of a user’s contact information.   In Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe, the court grappled with a motion for discovery of a…

IP in Commercial Transactions Webinars: Part II

March 4, 2014

As intellectual property (IP) has become increasingly valuable and a critical element of business strategy, it is a crucial aspect and, in many cases, the focus of many commercial transactions. Join members of the Blakes Intellectual Property group for a two-part webinar on IP Issues in Commercial Transactions. Topics: Representations and Warranties Indemnities Industry-Specific and IP Issues Closing and Post-Closing…

IP in Commercial Transactions Webinars: Part I

February 25, 2014

As intellectual property (IP) has become increasingly valuable and a critical element of business strategy, it is a crucial aspect and, in many cases, the focus of many commercial transactions. Join members of the Blakes Intellectual Property group for a two-part webinar on IP Issues in Commercial Transactions. Topics IP Issues and the Approach to the Deal Transitional IP Issues…

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