Intellectual Property Law

  • Best practices to manage AI risk with IP

    Best practices to manage AI risk with IP

    Mar 25, 2019

    Companies implementing artificial intelligence technology often face unique intellectual property issues.

  • Timely trademark applications, due diligence are essential for cannabis industry IP

    Timely trademark applications, due diligence are essential for cannabis industry IP

    Mar 7, 2019

    The future may be green, but as the cannabis industry in Canada expands by leaps and bounds since recreational use of the plant was legalized here in October, cannabis growers and retailers alike will need to move to protect their intellectual properties sooner rather than later, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.

  • In-house lawyers look to tidy up IP, employment issues

    In-house lawyers look to tidy up IP, employment issues

    Feb 4, 2019

    The new year is always a good time to take stock and do some tidying up. In speaking to some in-house counsel it seems they all might benefit from the legal department equivalent of applying Japanese consultant Marie Kondo’s philosophy around decluttering when it comes to IP issues and labour and employment law challenges — take inventory and find order around the various patents and trademarks and employment law legislative challenges that linger in the corners.

  • Canada’s changing IP landscape

    Canada’s changing IP landscape

    Feb 4, 2019

    As part of its national Intellectual Property Strategy announcement in 2018, the Canadian government plans on investing $85.3 million over the next five years to help develop, protect and provide access to IP.

  • Toronto DJ wins trademark registration despite association with Drake

    Toronto DJ wins trademark registration despite association with Drake

    Jan 18, 2019

    A Toronto disc jockey will be allowed to register a trademark for the term “6IX” in association with DJ-related services in Canada, despite an opponent’s evidence that the term was popularized by musical artist Drake.

  • Trademark update

    Trademark update

    Sep 17, 2018

    Set to come into effect next year, the legislative changes to the Trade-marks Act will bring Canada in line with international treaties and make trademark applications faster.

  • Brave new world: some legal considerations in using AI and IoT Systems

    May 14, 2018

    Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are hot subjects (and buzzwords) for lawyers in 2018. Beyond the hype, however, lies a plethora of legal and business issues.

  • Patenting artificial intelligence

    Patenting artificial intelligence

    Mar 13, 2018

    Demand for AI patents is growing exponentially as the pace of innovation accelerates. In October, Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.

  • The need for IP: Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutiques

    The need for IP: Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutiques

    Jan 2, 2018

    Trademark Act amendments are just one of the many changes driving the need for intellectual property boutiques. Since Canadian Lawyer last listed the top intellectual property boutiques, there’s been a lot of change in the area.

  • Keyword advertising: practical considerations for advertisers

    Keyword advertising: practical considerations for advertisers

    Sep 19, 2017

    Keyword advertising has quickly become one of the most commonly used methods of online advertising. However, whether using a third party’s trademarks as keywords in keyword advertisement could potentially lead to liability for trademark infringement or passing off has been a relatively undeveloped area of trademark law.

  • Canada as a patent outlier

    Canada as a patent outlier

    Sep 1, 2017

    Canada’s reputation as unfriendly to innovators may be changing.

  • The promise of the invention

    The promise of the invention

    Jul 10, 2017

    In a blog entitled The Patent Policy That Could Harm Canada’s Patients, Laura Crist of the Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, condemned Canada’s patent case law for requiring Canadian patents to achieve the promise set out in the patent specification.

  • CETA bringing changes to pharma patents in Canada

    CETA bringing changes to pharma patents in Canada

    Apr 24, 2017

    On Oct. 30, 2016, Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union. Just one day later, Bill C-30: An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures was introduced.

  • Build an IP case to protect your database

    Build an IP case to protect your database

    Feb 27, 2017

    Our predecessors have always been collectors. Hunter-gatherers survived in harsh climates by collecting stone axes, arrowheads, animal furs and the like.

  • Sell products globally, but keep trade secrets local

    Oct 31, 2016
  • Let’s talk about IP, baby

    Jun 6, 2016