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El Mocambo's iconic neon palms trapped in trademark dispute

The El Mocambo's iconic neon palm trees are locked in a trademark battle with an American company, says Toronto trademark and copyright lawyer Taras Kulish . See CityTV ... Read more

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Decision an important precedent for gripe site operators, targets

Operators of gripe sites   and their targets have an important new precedent for determining when criticism using someone else’s IP crosses the line to become ... Read more

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Possession isn’t always 9/10ths of the law

A cross-border lawsuit against a Toronto gallery brought by the estate of a photographer over a collection of negatives casts a spotlight onto copyright law, says Toronto ... Read more

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New social scheduling app turns online chats into emoji-based dates

Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Erika Murray  went public this month with an innovative calendaring app she designed in response to the social scheduling ... Read more

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Identifying gaps in fostering tech commercialization

Incubators and accelerators are helping start-up companies across the country, but Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Erika Murray  suggests more can be done to ... Read more

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LSUC certifies Simpson as intellectual property law specialist

Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson  has been certified as a specialist in trademark and copyright law by the  Law Society of Upper Canada . ... Read more

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Airline wins in clash between free speech, IP rights

Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson says a dispute between a major airline and a disgruntled former passenger highlights the fundamental clash between free ... Read more

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Under all the monkey business are serious legal issues

The fight over the ownership of a monkey selfie could soon be resolved as the parties pursue an out-of-court settlement, says Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote . ... Read more

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'Regulatory fair dealing' copyright exception upheld by appeal court

An Alberta Court of Appeal decision confirms the existence of a regulatory exception to copyright protection, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson . The ... Read more

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Supreme Court 'Equusteks' it to online trademark infringers

By John Simpson This post concerns one of the two recent landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada concerning territorial commercial interests on the borderless ... Read more

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Supreme Court patent decision brings Canada in line with the world

Canada’s patent regime has stepped in line with the rest of the world after the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rejected the promise doctrine, Toronto patent lawyer  ... Read more

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SCC renders decision against Google

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling ordering search engine giant Google to remove the web pages of a company found to be duplicating a technology firm’s products will ... Read more

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Worldwide block on Google results great news for rights holders

A Supreme Court of Canada decision upholding an order that Google block online content worldwide is great news for rights holders, says Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

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Giant duck flap highlights IP misconceptions

Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson  says a dispute over a massive rubber duck rented as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and the ... Read more

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Patenting food ripe with challenges: Kulish

Patenting an idea is one thing, but trying to cook up a patent for food is something else altogether, warns Toronto trademark and copyright lawyer Taras Kulish . “I was ... Read more

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IP’s ‘nuclear weapon’ blows up booze logo

An Ottawa distillery fell victim to the “nuclear weapon” of Canada’s Trade-marks Act after the provincial government asked it to change its logo, says ... Read more

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Canada's AI vision must safeguard intellectual property: Murray

For Canada to cement its position as a leader in machine learning-based artificial intelligence (AI), it must progress its efforts to protect the associated intellectual property ... Read more

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Hryniak still raising questions three years on

A host of unanswered questions about summary judgment motions remain almost three years after the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark judgment on the issue, says Toronto ... Read more

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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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