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Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

Changes to patent law

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Jean_Charles_Gregoire.jpgCanada is preparing to implement the Patent Law Treaty, which aims to harmonize formal procedures in respect of patent applications. Statutory amendments which implement and go beyond the treaty were recently passed into law, and regulatory amendments are expected to be released in draft for public consultation late 2016. The statutory and regulatory amendments will come into force after that.
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Faisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty
Hussein Hamdani
Hussein Hamdani
We are Canadian Muslim lawyers concerned about a new spate of fear mongering reminiscent of McCarthyism being promoted through parliamentary institutions.
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Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

This election is about Stephen Harper

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgAn interesting political theory is that if an election campaign is all about someone, they will lose. In the upcoming election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the issue.
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Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Almost a year after coming into force, the CRTC has issued its first fine and notice of violation under Canada’s anti-spam rules to a Quebec company it says was in “flagrant” violation of the law.
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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Taking on the big guns

Photo: Kim Stallknect
Photo: Kim Stallknect
Aniz Alani says he’s “just a guy with a credit card and some vacation time.”
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Ron-Poulton.jpgPicture this: you are a commercial or real estate or tax lawyer or any other counsel advising a person on the effects of their actions and recommending a course of conduct or financial re-arrangement to ensure future security in land, money, or rights. You are an expert in your area, are well paid for the advice and provide a sound, unassailable opinion. The clients structure their financial and personal affairs to follow a future path of conduct aimed at ensuring growth, security, and prosperity.
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Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

These laws are the worst!

Illustration: Matt Daley
Illustration: Matt Daley
There is nothing quite like the silent beauty of snowflakes falling gently to the ground. Until, that is, carloads of snow begin to crash down. It’s a common enough sight in the Great White North, and male Nova Scotians should pack a shovel in their briefcases or knapsacks during the winter, because Mother Nature’s annually ordained dumps of the cold white stuff leads to some serious responsibilities, according to s. 34 of the provincial Public Highways Act. “All physically fit male persons between the ages of sixteen and sixty . . . are required to work with their shovels on the highways during the winter whenever the highways become impassable from snow.” A failure to comply can result in a maximum penalty of $10, or 10 days imprisonment should the fine be ignored.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIt’s only January and immigration practitioners have already forgotten all visions of sugar-plum fairies and new years fireworks. Immigration updates and changes continue to be fast and furious, and the brave new world of Express Entry is finally here.
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

Private cash for public projects

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_IndSpot-shutterstock_224864.jpgAs Canadian governments build hospitals, schools, and transportation in an era of budget constraint and slowing growth, they are turning to the private sector to construct, manage, maintain, and even operate a range of vastly different infrastructure projects.
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Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Are you ready for CASL 2.0?

A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
On Jan. 15, the next phase of Canada’s anti-spam law comes into effect but will businesses that provide software services be ready to ask for all the documentation required?
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