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Banks boosting blockchain, tech-related patent applications

A boom in technology-related patents filed by financial institutions is an attempt to obtain a competitive advantage in the sector, but Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar wonders ... Read more

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League agrees to quit Humboldt Broncos trademark bid

It's good news that the faceoff between the Humboldt Broncos and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in the wake of the fatal bus tragedy is in the process of being ... Read more

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Securing weed-related brand names is game of 'hurry up and wait'

The rush to profit from the recreational cannabis industry in advance of legalization later this year has industry players in a hurry to stake claims to various forms of ... Read more

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Decisions provide ammunition to broadcasters fighting online piracy

Two recent Federal Court decisions are a boost for traditional broadcasters fighting online piracy, Toronto intellectual property litigator  Kevin Fisher  tells  ... Read more

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Protecting your brand against 'passing off'

Situations where an individual or company attempts to take the goodwill of a famous brand by ‘passing off’ can be harmful to a well-established reputation — but ... Read more

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How the government hopes to strengthen IP in Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property as it seeks to improve Canada's performance in a critical area of the increasingly ... Read more

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Protect trademark interests ahead of legislative changes

Changes are coming to Canada's trademark laws and holders of proprietary titles should review their registered holdings with counsel, Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

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WIPO ADR services underused in Canada

The arbitration and mediation services offered by the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) are underused by Canadian lawyers, says IP and charity lawyer ... Read more

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Fifth-annual Ukrainian Business Celebration 2018

The fifth-annual  Ukrainian Business Celebration 2018 is coming to Mississauga on April 15. Toronto charities and intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish will be on ... Read more

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Ruling addresses copyright infringement in the digital age

A recent Federal Court case recognized the ease in which digital works can be reproduced and awarded a photographer the maximum statutory damages for infringement of one of his ... Read more

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Best to file evidence no matter how strong your case is

Parties in trademark disputes should always put their best foot forward and file evidence to support their position no matter how confident they are, Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

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Enforcing taco trademark could become a 'marketing fail'

The well-known term ‘Taco Tuesday’ is merely descriptive and there could be an argument made that it should never have been registered as a trademark , Toronto ... Read more

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PPH provides similar protection between jurisdictions

Patent Prosecution Highways (PPH) between Canada and other jurisdictions can save clients time and money, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar tells The Lawyer’s Daily . ... Read more

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'Taco Tuesday' mark may not be distinctive enough to enforce

A trademark has to be “distinctive” of a single brand to be valid and enforceable, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells MetroNews . A ... Read more

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Innovation, speed crucial when filing blockchain patents

Being ahead of the curve is key in the red-hot blockchain sector, but those looking to file patents in the space should be sure their filing is not simply an application of ... Read more

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Cast wide net when conducting incorporation name searches

Lawyers for entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to incorporate must look further than their client’s own backyard s to ensure the proposed name isn’t already taken, ... Read more

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Don’t confuse fighting online piracy, eroding net neutrality

Recent news that the country’s biggest media companies are creating a coalition to end net neutrality in the name of blocking piracy is conflating two issues, Toronto ... Read more

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Canadian innovation lagging behind other G20 countries

The federal government needs to increase public policy around innovation to enable Canada to catch up to other G20 countries, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar tells ... Read more

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'It’s a good time for boutiques': Simpson

Clients are becoming increasingly aware that small firms and boutiques provide the same quality of service as some of the larger, more traditional firms, Toronto intellectual ... Read more

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Strong branding best defence against imitators for unpatentable products

Strong branding is the best defence against copycat products when patenting isn’t an option, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer  John Simpson .  While it ... Read more

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