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Trademark provisions under the new Cannabis Act

By John Simpson The federal government’s recently tabled Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) – which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Canada ... Read more

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Great branding sells: American Apparel’s big IP payoff

Entrepreneurs can learn important lessons on the value of good branding from T-shirt maker Gildan Activewear Inc.’s $88 million purchase of American Apparel , says Toronto ... Read more

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Federal budget falls short on innovation

By Aaron Edgar The federal government's  2017 Budget  puts a focus on bolstering innovation in Canada by proposing investments in “superclusters”, ... Read more

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Appeal court endorses trial judges' procedural discretion in food fight

A recent Court of Appeal judgment reinforces trial judges’ wide discretion to decide procedural issues, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson . Simpson, ... Read more

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Pee wee baseball team called out on trademark catch

A manufacturer’s balk at printing pee wee baseball uniforms with their name, "The 6" raises some unique questions around how trademark law is interpreted, says ... Read more

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Outlook good for rights holders seeking trademark injunctions

The bar for achieving an interlocutory injunction in trademark infringement matters may be coming down, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells The Lawyers ... Read more

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Trademark registration process starts with research

Businesses looking to register a trademark as part of a venture should go beyond just a Google search to see if it’s already been used, says Toronto trademark and ... Read more

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Interlocutory injunctions in trademark cases

By John Simpson February saw two notable decisions from Canadian courts on motions for interlocutory injunctions in trademark infringement cases. The Federal Court’s ... Read more

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International Women’s Day is all about unity

Though the number of women in entrepreneurial roles has inched up in recent years, there’s still room for improvement — and a solid business case for doing it, says ... Read more

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Business model for copyright trolling not viable in Canada

Although there have been some calls for Canadian courts to weigh in on copyright misuse by trolls, Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson tells Law Times ... Read more

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Cartoon character copyright no laughing matter

You can’t just “borrow” someone else’s property without permission and the same rule applies to copyrighted property, says Toronto copyright lawyer Taras ... Read more

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Federal Court restores hockey company's expunged trademark

A Federal Court decision that restored a hockey equipment company’s trademark raises questions about the acceptance of unopposed expert evidence, says Toronto ... Read more

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Patent box would give Canada an innovation boost

A Canadian “patent box” system could boost innovation in the country, says Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar . Patent boxes, sometimes known as “innovation ... Read more

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Patent filing options key to cleantech industry success

Over the past decade, Canada has funded the development of clean technologies and taken legislative action in attempts to shut down dirty energy systems — but another ... Read more

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Challenge to define property rights on social media

As intellectual property (IP) laws have been around for decades, they are not always well-suited to resolving online IP disputes — and specifically, it is often difficult to ... Read more

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Copyright claims in the age of the Internet

A  former adult film performer’s efforts to erase the evidence of his past underscore the challenges of navigating copyright law in the Internet age, says Toronto ... Read more

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Court shuts down copycat Vietnamese language news service

A recent Federal Court judgment shows that defending yourself in a copyright or trademark action is risky business, says Toronto intellectual property rights lawyer Mala Joshi . ... Read more

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Canada is out of step on copyright protection

All that is old could become new again as Canadian copyright holders scramble to make their catalogues relevant and protect their intellectual rights because of a quirk in how ... Read more

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Only lumps of coal for ex-Fashion Santa in trademark dispute

Both parties to a dispute over the right to trademark the term “Fashion Santa” could end up on the losing side, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Kevin ... Read more

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Federal first patent program would boost Canadian innovation: Edgar

A federal first patent program could boost Canada's entrepreneurial community, says  Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar . As part of its consultations ahead of the 2017 ... Read more

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