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$20M 'obituary piracy' case sets precedent: Simpson

A judgment awarding $20 million to grieving families for “obituary piracy” will serve as an authority in copyright law, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John ... Read more

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Entry into Madrid Protocol opens the world to Canadian trademark owners

With long-awaited reforms to the Trademarks Act coming into effect June 17, Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson  says Canada’s entry into the ... Read more

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TREB secures permanent injunction against Mongohouse using its data

TORONTO — The Toronto Real Estate Board says it has secured a permanent injunction to stop the now-defunct property listing site Mongohouse from sharing its real estate ... Read more

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Protecting IP rights from data-scraping sites

With the vast amount of information collected and available online, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Kevin Fisher says there’s a broader ... Read more

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Amendments to Trade-marks Act coming into force June 17

With significant changes on the horizon for Canada’s Trade-marks Act , Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson says there are key developments that will ... Read more

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Drake can still claim victory in trademark flap: Kulish

Entertainer Drake can still sing a happy song despite a split decision in the court battle over the use of ‘6IX’ as a trademark, Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

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MLSE wants Snoop to drop 'Leafs' logo like it's hot

The latest trademark faceoff between the Toronto Maple Leafs and rapper Snoop Dog will be one to watch on both sides of the border, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John ... Read more

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Celebrity body art comes with copyright considerations

Professional athletes and other celebrities might want to take a lawyer along the next time they get tattooed, Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Taras Kulish ... Read more

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Drake's bid to limit DJ's trademark rights deep-sixed

The  Trade-Mark Opposition Board  held that a DJ represented by Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson  is entitled to the exclusive use of ... Read more

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Trademark trolls will be stymied by new legislation

Amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act are bad news for trolls, Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson tells  AdvocateDaily.com . The changes are ... Read more

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Craft beer boom sets stage for fresh trademark battles

Canada’s current craft brewery boom could turn out to be the precursor for a new skirmish in the ongoing beer wars, Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Taras Kulish ... Read more

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Protecting pay-per-view: after the event

In the final instalment of a two-part series,  Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Kevin Fisher explores what happens during and after a pay-per-view event. ... Read more

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Federal Court of Appeal upholds highly restrictive protective order

A recent case gave the Federal Court of Appeal an opportunity to offer guidance on a rare type of court order that prevents one party from seeing parts of the opposing ... Read more

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Winemaker defeats brewer in trademark battle

Alcohol producers need to think more broadly when it comes to trademark protection as consumer tastes change, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells ... Read more

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Protecting pay-per-view: before the event

In  part  one of a two-part series,  Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Kevin Fisher discusses why there's a need to  protect pay-per-view ... Read more

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CRTC rejects call to block content pirates, cites lack of jurisdiction

TORONTO — A coalition of media organizations suffered a setback in their fight against so-called content pirates on Tuesday when the Canadian Radio-television and ... Read more

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KitKat loses latest battle in the chocolate trademark wars

Nestlé’s failure to trademark the shape of a KitKat bar in the European Union (EU) is the latest in a mixed bag of decisions for the confectionary giant, Toronto ... Read more

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No copyright protection attached to photos of photos: Simpson

A recent case involving an enhanced digital copy of an old photograph brings up interesting issues around copyright and retouched images, Toronto intellectual property lawyer ... Read more

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Bricks and mortar store not necessary for trademark protection

High-end stores based outside of Canada could reap the rewards of an American dollar store’s trademark victory at the Federal Court, Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

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Early opposition saves money and time in trademark process

Rights holders can save themselves time and money by opposing trademarks before they’re registered, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells ... Read more

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