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Case highlights value of 'terms of use'

Ownership of user-generated online content remains a hot topic – with the ‘terms of use’ issue in particular being watched closely by social media followers, Toronto intellectual ... Read more

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Victory for U.S. TV-streaming site

A U.S. appeals court has allowed an Internet-based TV service to continue operating despite broadcasters’ requests it be shut down, and while it appears similar to a defunct ... Read more

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Protecting fact-based works remains a murky area of law

Uncertainty remains over the scope of copyright protection of “fact-based works,” such as databases, Toronto intellectual property and trademark lawyer  John Simpson  writes in ... Read more

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Copyright Alert System given new life

By Kevin Fisher It has been reported that the Copyright Alert System (CAS), thought to be DOA, has been given new life and is reported to be in use by at least one ... Read more

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Understanding the value of IP for small businesses

Every small business owns intellectual property, Toronto IP lawyer John Simpson of Shift Law pointed out at the start of a presentation he delivered at City Hall on Feb. 5, ... Read more

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Updated copyright law welcomed

Updated copyright law is finally enacted in Canada, and while changes were desperately needed, it’s difficult to determine whether all of the specific amendments were crucial to ... Read more

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Case an authority on domain name passing off

Registering and using a domain name that is similar to a competitor’s for the sole purpose of redirecting traffic to one’s website is a dirty practice without a doubt, ... Read more

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Trade secret theft has dramatically increased

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in trade secret theft and misappropriation of confidential business information throughout North America, writes Toronto intellectual ... Read more

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Keep secret information a secret

If information is confidential, a business owner must identify it that way, says intellectual property and trademark lawyer  John Simpson . In a new video on ... Read more

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Plain cigarette packaging would play out differently in Canada

If Canada follows in the footsteps of Australia by attempting to strip branding from cigarette packages, intellectual property and trademark lawyer  John Simpson ... Read more

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The importance of protecting confidential business information

While many people commonly associate patents, copyright and trade-marks with intellectual property, confidential business information (CBI) can sometimes be overlooked, says ... Read more

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LEGAL BRIEF: John Simpson

This is the fourth in AdvocateDaily.com’s occasional feature series Legal Brief , profiling lawyers in the Toronto area. By Kayona Lewis Intellectual ... Read more

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Copyright rulings a return to "common sense"

The Supreme Court of Canada's copyright decisions are a "real return to some common sense and balance," says Toronto lawyer Mark Hayes, who represented one of the ... Read more

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Protecting a small business' most valuable asset - IP

Just like locking the doors when leaving the office at the end of the day, there are some safeguards small business owners should consider to protect their company’s ... Read more

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Small businesses need to protect their IP

Intellectual property is a valuable asset for every small business, whether it’s a trademark, a confidential business plan, a customer list or some other intangible ... Read more

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How the rapid rise of social media affects IP

Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson is on tap on May 12 at the Law Tech Camp at U of T  for a session exploring how the rapid growth of social media is ... Read more

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Decision could trigger other class actions

Toronto lawyer Mark Hayes tells Canadian Lawyer Magazine's Legal Feeds Blog that the Supreme Court of Canada decision  Richard v. Time Inc. could serve as a trigger for ... Read more

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