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Proposed exception adds very little to fair dealing

The federal government's recent proposal to amend the Copyright Act to add political advertising to the existing categories of “fair dealing" would be somewhat redundant, ... Read more

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Canada establishes PPH pilot program with EPO

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced they have established a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program to ... Read more

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Patent challenge could have chilling effect on research

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario launched a lawsuit this week challenging patents related to genes associated with a rare heart condition called long QT syndrome, The ... Read more

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Simpson discusses changes to Trademarks Act

Canada's amended  Trademarks Act is expected to come into force by the end of the year, and with it comes major changes, Toronto IP lawyer and registered trademark ... Read more

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U.S. ruling has implications for Canadian tech firms

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has important implications for Canadian IT companies, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar writes in Lawyers Weekly . The decision in ... Read more

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Veteran's patent infringement case may go to trial

A Canadian Forces veteran may have his patent infringement case heard at trial, following the Federal Court’s order  on a motion for summary judgment brought forward by the ... Read more

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3D-printing concerns more hype than reality

The increased availability of 3D printing has some intellectual property lawyers considering the implications of this emerging technology, says a recent Law Times article . ... Read more

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Post-Alice trend not the end for software inventions

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International , there have been at least 11 lower court rulings striking down software patents ... Read more

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Monkey selfie exposes broader IP issues

The recent copyright dispute over the “monkey selfie” illustrates that as intellectual property rights unfold, novel issues will continue to arise faster than ... Read more

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Eligibility of software patents unclear after U.S. decision

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has increased uncertainty around the patentability of software and business methods, and the resulting costs to applicants, says Toronto patent ... Read more

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U.S. disclosure principle could prove useful for Canadian firms

Although courts have been reluctant to enforce non-compete clauses in Canada, a similar principle used south of the border could be useful for companies hoping to prevent former ... Read more

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Doctrine of 'inevitable disclosure' can protect trade secrets

By John Simpson A recent case from Texas demonstrates how the doctrine of “inevitable disclosure” can prevent departing employees from misappropriating an employer’s trade ... Read more

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Patent-licensing network may not be best option for startups

While the technology industry's recent move to create a network aimed at fighting patent trolls is a positive development for large, established tech firms, it may ... Read more

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Tesla patent pledge clears way for shared infrastructure

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors’ recent move to allow other companies to use its technology in good faith makes sense, given that the products can only become more ... Read more

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Broader adoption of 3D printing brings IP challenges

As 3D printing technology becomes increasingly affordable, the risk of counterfeiting, piracy, and IP infringement is set to rise, says Toronto IP litigator  Heather Michel . ... Read more

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Networks win TV-streaming battle, but debate continues

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling against an online TV streaming service is a win for the big networks, but could spark debate about its potential impact on innovation, says ... Read more

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Tangerine case shows value of registering trademarks

A small financial service company’s battle against Scotiabank over its use of the Tangerine name highlights the importance of pursuing a trademark application to completion, says ... Read more

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Shift Law moves to downtown Toronto

Intellectual property firm Shift Law is set to move offices this month, and is looking forward to bringing its expertise in IP, new media law and related litigation to clients in ... Read more

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PR concerns will limit private information disclosure

Although a set of proposed legislative changes are set to broaden the ability of Internet service providers to disclose personal information, fear of a public relations backlash ... Read more

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Employers, employees and confidential business information

By John Simpson Recent years have seen an increase in trade secret theft and misappropriation of confidential business information throughout North America. This is probably due ... Read more

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