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McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally. McCarthy publishes a series of blogs to share information with companies to help them comply and manage their businesses. On the Inside Internal Controls blog we will share some of those blog posts sharing their expertise among others, in the areas of Competition/Anti-trust, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Environmental Law, Technology and Litigation. Read more

OSFI issues advisory on use of words “bank”, “banker”, “banking”

On June 30, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”) issued Advisory 2017-01 (the “Advisory”) providing additional guidance on its interpretation of the limitations in the Bank Act (Canada) (the “Bank Act”) on the uses of the words “bank”, “banker” and “banking” and related exceptions.

 

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Update from the Canadian Securities Administrators on its Regulatory Sandbox for Fintechs

The week of June 26, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published some additional information on its CSA Regulatory Sandbox. The CSA Regulatory Sandbox, which was first launched on February 23, 2017, is an initiative of the CSA, designed to support Fintech businesses seeking to offer innovative products, services and applications in Canada.

 

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Internal technology transfer gone wrong: Composite Technologies Inc. v. Shawcor Ltd., 2017 ABCA 160

Intellectual property is transferrable. And you should be careful with how you transfer your IP among your corporate family, especially if it constitutes the principal value in your business – and in your life’s work!

 

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Forming your start-up: Options for business entities in Canada

There are a variety of business organizations that can be used to operate your tech start-up in Canada. Although many businesses are operated through a corporation, it is important to understand other forms of business organizations.

 

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Funding your start-up: Stages and types of financing

There are a number of issues start-ups need to consider to be able to effectively raise capital. Focusing your efforts on developing your products or services and establishing strong and efficient leadership are essential in preparing your start-up for the increased scrutiny of prospective investors. In addition, entrepreneurs often overlook or fail to appreciate how important it is to structure initial rounds of financing with later rounds (and more sophisticated investors) in mind.

 

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Promise doctrine abolished by the Supreme Court of Canada

On June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada, released a landmark patent decision (2017 SCC 36) abolishing Canada’s so-called ‘Promise Doctrine’ by finding it “unsound”, “not good law” and “incongruent with the both the words and scheme of the Patent Act.”

 

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Department of Finance releases consultation paper on new retail payments oversight framework

On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance issued the consultation paper “A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework” (the “Consultation Paper”) proposing a federal oversight framework for retail payments. Comments on the Consultation Paper are due October 6, 2017.

 

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Searches of electronic devices at the Canada/US border

The possibility of arbitrary searches of the electronic devices of persons crossing into the US continues to raise concerns among Canadians and, in particular, privacy regulators. Recent statements (and subsequent legislative amendments) are attempting to address some of the legal issues.

 

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Lawyers need to keep up with AI

For decades, novelists, scientists, mathematicians, futurists and science fiction enthusiasts have imagined what an automated society might look like. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is rapidly evolving, and the society we could only once imagine may be on the brink of becoming our new reality.

 

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“Not there yet”: Bank of Canada experiments with blockchain wholesale payment system

The Bank of Canada embarked on Project Jasper to learn more about the feasibility, benefits and challenges of using DLT as the basis for a wholesale interbank payment system. These systems are crucial mechanisms for the financial industry that allow large financial institutions to process payments to each other as well as to and from central banks.

 

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Canada begins NAFTA consultations

These NAFTA consultations offer a significant opportunity for companies to have input on the primary drivers of their access to Canadian, US and Mexican markets. With the EU-Canada CETA coming into force in the coming months, Canada will be in the unique position of having preferential trading and investment relationships with the world’s two largest economies.

 

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Few “likes” for Facebook forum selection clause: Supreme Court finds “strong cause” to not enforce forum selection clause

When engaging with personal information, consulting local privacy counsel is a must. Privacy legislation varies from province to province and failing to appreciate even slight differences can result in class action claims like in the Douez case. Facebook’s preliminary motion was rejected but the class action has yet to be certified. The opinions of the divided Court in Douez could be used to provide supporting arguments for both sides in a situation where the facts are just slightly different.

 

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Defending a lawsuit is not a “commercial activity” under privacy legislation

In a case dating back to 2016 but just recently published, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has ruled that the collection and use of a plaintiff’s personal information for the purpose of defending against a civil lawsuit is not a “commercial activity” and, as such, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act does not apply.

 

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Lenovo and Superfish: Proposed class action proceeds on privacy tort and statutes

It has been reported that a partial settlement may have been reached with Superfish, in a U.S. class action against both defendants. The settlement reportedly includes Superfish’s cooperation with the plaintiffs by disclosing over 2.8 million additional files and providing Superfish witnesses for a potential trial. The Canadian proposed class action is very much in its infancy. It remains to be seen how the class action will evolve in Canada.

 

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Neighbourhood annoyances and Section 976 C.C.Q.

This case reminds us that a consequence of Section 976 C.C.Q. is to prohibit neighbourhood annoyances that are deemed to be abnormal, but it does not prohibit all of the annoyances associated with societal life.

 

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