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Trade secret enforcement in Canada: How rights holders can secure justice

Since the value of a company is increasingly made up of intangible assets, including intellectual property such as trade secrets, as opposed to tangible (e.g., bricks and mortar) assets, protecting and securing those important assets is vital to a company’s long-term success.

 

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Are you making false representations in your franchise agreement?

Is it possible that an otherwise well-written franchise agreement might itself contain false representations by the franchisor?

 

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Foreign patent holders (and lawyers/patent agents): Beware when writing to Canadians

A number of changes to Canada’s intellectual property legislation came into force on Dec. 13, 2018. One of the changes to Canada’s Patent Act is a new subsection relating to written demands.

 

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Bill introducing changes to IP legislation receives swift approval from parliament

Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, (the “Bill”) which makes a number of changes to the Trademarks Act, the Patent Act and the Copyright Act as well as introducing the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act became law in Canada after receiving Royal Assent on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

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Contractual considerations in robotic process automation and artificial intelligence outsourcing

RPA and AI technologies can be a game-changer for your organization from a commercial perspective, but procuring those technologies and managing the new risk landscape requires a fundamental shift in mindset vis-à-vis a traditional outsourcing contract.

 

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The nascent CRISPR-Cas9 patent landscape in Canada

CRISPR-Cas9 is a technology with the potential for an unimaginable impact on society. CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) allows scientists to edit genomes in living organisms at the cellular level by guiding a “scissor-like” protein to targeted sections of DNA within a cell, and then prompting it to alter or “edit” the DNA in some way.

 

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Rules of the game (Part 1): Copyright protection of video games in Canada

The Canadian Copyright Act does not identify video games as a specific type of work and the courts have not directly stated what type of “work” video games fall under, but the courts have recognized that video games are protected under copyright.

 

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Prior rights and registered intellectual property

This article explores if the exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and what is the scope of such rights across Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, UAE and the UK.

 

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Canadian government’s IP strategy seeks to boost innovation, increase IP literacy, and rein-in patent trolls

The intellectual property (IP) strategy, unveiled by the Government of Canada recently, aims to boost Canadian innovation and presence in the global technological market by enhancing IP awareness and savviness, introducing IP education and advice programs, offering strategic IP tools for growth, and implementing legislative amendments. The government plans to invest $83.5 million over five years to help Canadian businesses understand, protect and access IP.

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal confirms broad scope of Crown copyright

In order to protect their ownership of copyright, organisations whose works might be published by the government should obtain any necessary assignments or waivers, since the Crown copyright regime does not apply if there is a private arrangement with the work’s author.

 

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Oh those trademark scammers

Never hesitate to enquire as to whether a solicitation received by email or mail regarding your Intellectual Property is legitimate. It is important to read the fine print to a solicitation to determine whether or not it comes from the CIPO.

 

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Competition Bureau releases big data white paper for public comment

The white paper provides useful initial guidance on how the Bureau may apply the existing framework under the Act to various competition considerations related to big data and algorithms that have been examined so far.

 

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That’s a wrap: Springboard profits, full cost accounting, and more from the Federal Court in Dow v. Nova

Overall, the decision provides clarification about the Federal Court’s approach to a diverse range of issues which can arise in accounting of profits cases. Moreover, the decision is the latest demonstration of the Federal Court’s willingness to consider flexible approaches to procedural and substantive issues to enable just and expeditious outcomes.

 

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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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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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