Category: Intellectual Property

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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…

Supreme Court of Canada Piqued by Copyright Infringement of “Curiosity”

January 8, 2014

  In Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) confirmed the test for determining copyright infringement and the factors for assessing compensation for infringement. The SCC effectively strengthened copyright in entertainment properties in Canada after several recent decisions in which the SCC had limited the scope of copyright protection.   BACKGROUND The decision results from four separate but…

From Car Parts to Knee Joints: How 3D Printing Will Impact Canadian Business

October 16, 2013

Over the past several months, both McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs have identified 3D printing as a “disruptive” force that could have a major economic impact on the global economy. 3D printing is penetrating the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, and will have a further impact in consumer sectors that place a premium on highly customizable products. As with…

Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law

May 16, 2013

This fast-paced and informative session features sixteen 10-minute hot-button topics covering a wide variety of recent developments in intellectual property. Blakes lawyers and patent agents highlight the key elements of each topic and provide forecasts and constructive recommendations. Hot-button topics will include: To Have, Hold (Harmless), Defend and Indemnify: The Most Difficult Vows in Technology Agreements – Sheldon Burshtein What…

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