Michael Whitt Q.C.

Michael Whitt Q.C.

Bennett Jones LLP

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Alberta Court of Appeal Affirms Sanctity of Solicitor-Client Privilege under FOIPPA

In University of Calgary v JR, 2015 ABCA 118, the Alberta Court of Appeal strongly affirmed the central importance of solicitor-client privilege to the proper functioning of the legal system. At issue was whether the Freedom...more

4/21/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Canada FIPPA

Newco Tank – Cautionary Note on Over-reliance on Headings by Patent Drafters

The Federal Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of an appeal from a Re-examination Board which had considered Canadian Patent 2,421,384 and had determined that claims 12-14 were cancelled because they were obvious in light...more

3/20/2015 - Canada Obviousness Patents

Sharing-economy Business Models Challenged – Uber and Lyft

O’Connor et al v Uber Technologies Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, 11 March 2015 C-13-3826 EMC, Judge Edward M. Chen...Cotter et al v Lyft, Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, 11...more

3/17/2015 - Corporate Counsel Employee Rights Independent Contractors Lyft Misclassification Sharing Economy Uber

CRTC Issues a $1.1 Million Penalty Under Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it had issued a penalty of $1.1 million to Compu-Finder under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)....more

3/6/2015 - Canada CASL Enforcement Actions Telecommunications

Amendments to the Canadian Patent Act – Bill C-43

On December 16, 2014, amendments to the Canadian Patent Act contained in Bill C-43, known as the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, received Royal Assent. The amendments seek to fulfill Canada's undertakings to...more

2/11/2015 - Amended Legislation Canada Canadian Patent Act

Interview with Michael Whitt Q.C. on his new Flipboard Magazine

Bennett Jones consistently tries to find new ways to inform, engage and provide clients with interesting content that may be of interest to their area of business. With an ever-increasing use of mobile technology, finding...more

4/29/2013 - Client Services Interviews Mobile Services

CIPO Issues Examiner Guideline for Computer-Implemented Inventions (PN 2013-03)

After some prior iterations and commentary from the patent bar, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published a practice note dealing with computer-implemented inventions on March 8, 2013. The practice note is...more

3/15/2013 - Canada Computer-Related Inventions Examiners Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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