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CETA agreement could mean patent-term extension

Written by Posted Date: October 28th, 2013
Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
The headlines around the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement have been largely focused on the impact for cheese lovers and the dairy producers, but there is also some impact for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry.

So you want to teach law school

  • In-house Coach
Written by Posted Date: October 21st, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgIn a few days I leave for Los Angeles and the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting for which I organized a session for those interested in teaching at law school. The response to what was to be a small, informal breakfast conversation with a few ACC members who currently teach at their local law school has been incredible. We had to change rooms as we now have over 200 registrants for this early morning session that does not even offer CPD credit.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
The immigration bar in Canada is hoping the federal government will provide some clarity on new requirements from Quebec demanding documentation related to the Temporary Foreign Worker program be provided in French.

Concerted enterprise risk management

  • Practising In-house
Written by Posted Date: October 14th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgGlobalization, the advent of the digital age, and the leveraging and deleveraging of financial markets, among other factors, have made the world more complex, and the business world more volatile and increasingly challenged by risk. It is fascinatingly dynamic.

Assessing risk abroad starts at home

Written by Posted Date: October 7th, 2013
Thales Canada's GC Daniel Marion updating their risk assessment and business continuity plans is a practice engrained in his company's culture.
Thales Canada's GC Daniel Marion updating their risk assessment and business continuity plans is a practice engrained in his company's culture.
For Canadian companies doing business in high-risk global locations general counsel are taking on greater responsibilities to help keep the organization and its people out of trouble before it happens.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_October_shutterstock_404067.jpgAn Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled a former TD Bank executive who worked under a deferred-compensation model can’t have $1.6 million in deferred bonuses he says the bank owes him.

We are not quite perfect

  • In-house Coach
Written by Posted Date: September 16th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgAs hard as it may be for some to believe, in-house counsel are not perfect! The legal media and blogosphere are filled with criticism of law firms and the legal profession by in-house counsel (and others) for their lack of business acumen, high costs, continued use of the billable hour, unsustainable business models, poor communication skills, and so on. You see less criticism of the in-house community and when you do it frequently addresses the failure to exercise fully their influence when dealing with law firms.

More in-house cutting firms loose: study

  • Report also shows a move away from top ‘prestige’ providers
Written by Posted Date: September 16th, 2013
More general counsel decided to cut ties with their external law firms this year compared to 2012, highlighting price and budget reduction among the top reasons.

Working with early-stage startups

  • Practising In-house
Written by Posted Date: September 9th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgTo set the context for this discussion properly I acknowledge it is highly unusual for an early-stage startup in Canada (even in a high-growth industry) to have a full time in-house counsel on board.

Testing the climate for worker-choice laws

Written by Posted Date: September 9th, 2013
‘I don’t think there is a lot of interest in vacating a union when you have one and I don’t think people draw a connection between a bad economy and unions,’ says Glenn Wheeler.
‘I don’t think there is a lot of interest in vacating a union when you have one and I don’t think people draw a connection between a bad economy and unions,’ says Glenn Wheeler.
Potentially union-busting right-to-work laws would have a tough sell in Canada despite the promises of a Fraser Institute report that suggests allowing workers to opt out of paying union dues would boost the economy.
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