Richard Stobbe

Richard Stobbe

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Copyright in House Plans

A couple, the Ecklunds, approached Oakcraft Homes, a custom home-builder. Based on their discussions, Oakcraft prepared a house plan and gave a copy of the plan to the Ecklunds. The couple later took that plan to a rival home...more

12/24/2014 - Architects Architectural Copyrights Canada Copyright Popular

USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines

What is eligible to be patented in the US? This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Interim Eligibility Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. In this document, the USPTO summarizes the...more

12/19/2014 - AMP v Myriad CLS Bank v Alice Corp Guidance Update Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Copyright Implications of a “Right to be Forgotten”? Or How to Take-Down the Internet Archive.

They say the internet never forgets. From time to time, someone wants to challenge that dictum. In our earlier posts, we discussed the so-called “right to be forgotten” in connection with a Canadian trade-secret...more

12/5/2014 - Canada Misappropriation Right to Be Forgotten Trade Secrets

Copyright: Canada’s Notice-and-Notice Provisions

The made-in-Canada notice-and-notice provisions are coming in January, 2015. You may recall that in June 2012 the Copyright Modernization Act was passed by Parliament. Portions of the new copyright law came into force...more

12/1/2014 - Canada Copyright Modernization Act Notice Requirements

Intellectual Asset Management Best Practices – Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at three important steps in starting an intellectual asset management process within your organization. “Intellectual assets” can include the know-how and intellectual capital within your organization...more

11/21/2014 - Asset Management Business Assets Canada

CASL 2.0: The Computer Program Provisions (Part 3)

The CRTC has released guidelines on the implementation of the incoming computer-program provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). Software vendors should review the CASL Requirements for Installing Computer Programs for...more

11/20/2014 - Canada CASL CRTC Software

Indirect Patent Infringement in the US

In a recent decision in the US (Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems, Inc.), a company was found liable for indirect patent infringement even though the infringing features of its product were disabled when the...more

11/18/2014 - Counterclaims Indirect Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

The Troubles with Patent Inventorship

Determining inventorship is answering the question: who contributed enough to an invention to be named as an “inventor” on the patent application? It’s critical, as reviewed by my colleague Shohini Bagchee in her article...more

11/14/2014 - Inventors License Agreements Patent Infringement Patent Ownership Patents Popular

Two Privacy Class Actions: Facebook and Apple (Part 2)

This was a claim by a representative plaintiff, Ms. Ladas, alleging that Apple breached the customer’s right to privacy under the Privacy Act (B.C.), since iOS 4 records the location of the “iDevice” (that’s the term used by...more

11/11/2014 - Apple Canada Class Action Facebook Privacy Laws

Two Privacy Class Actions: Facebook and Apple

Two privacy class actions earlier this year have pitted technology giants Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. against Canadian consumers who allege privacy violations. The two cases resulted in very different outcomes. First,...more

11/6/2014 - Advertising Canada Class Action Facebook Forum Selection Clause Popular Privacy Laws Terms of Use

CASL 2.0: The Computer Program Provisions (Part 2)

In Part 1 we looked at some basic concepts. In Part 2, we look at “enhanced disclosure” requirements. If the computer program that is to be installed performs one or more of the functions listed below, the person who...more

10/22/2014 - Canada CASL Disclosure Requirements Prior Express Consent Software

Alberta Privacy Law Update: PIPA on Death’s Door

About a year ago on November 15, 2013, Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) was declared invalid on constitutional grounds. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in its wisdom, deferred the effect of this order...more

10/17/2014 - Canada Electronically Stored Information Personally Identifiable Information PIPA SCC

CASL 2.0: The Computer Program Provisions (Part 1)

It’s mid-October. Like many businesses in Canada, you may be weary of hearing about CASL compliance. Hopefully that weariness is due to all the hard work you did 3 months ago to bring your organization into compliance for the...more

10/15/2014 - Canada CASL Software

What, exactly, is a browsewrap?

Browsewrap, clickwrap, clickthrough, terms of use, terms of service, EULA. Just what are we talking about and how did we get here? In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2014) the US...more

10/8/2014 - Barnes and Noble Browsewrap Agreement Contract Formation EULA Internet Websites

Update on Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.)

Last summer, Google was ordered by a Canadian court to de-index certain offending websites which were selling goods that were the subject of an intellectual property (IP) infringement claim (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack,...more

9/30/2014 - Google Injunctions Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Popular Websites

Crowdfunding: Tips for the Start-Up

If you are a start-up considering the crowdfunding route, let’s talk. Here are a few tips to consider: - IP: Most crowdfunding portals require extensive disclosure of the start-up’s business plans and product...more

9/25/2014 - Crowdfunding Funding Investors Popular Startups

Crowdfunding: A Canadian Update

A Canadian company, Vrvana, Inc. is seeking $350,000 through Kickstarter, to finance its development of a virtual reality headset marketed as the Totem. Vrvana has elected to pursue a reward-based crowdfunding model. For...more

9/24/2014 - Canada Crowdfunding Kickstarter

Ownership of Photograph by Employee

While our last post dealt with the creation of photographs and other works of authorship by primates, robots and divine beings, this story is a little more grounded in facts that you might see in the average work...more

9/19/2014 - Copyright Employee Rights Photographs

Monkey See, Monkey Do… However Monkey Does Not Enjoy Copyright Protection

I know this story crested a few weeks ago, but who can resist it? A famous 1998 Molson Canadian ad posed a Canadian version of the infinite monkey theorem. The cheeky ad, showing a seemingly endless array of monkeys on...more

9/11/2014 - Copyright Photographs The Copyright Act Wikimedia

Confidentiality & Sealing Orders in Software Disputes

Two software companies wanted to integrate their software products. The relationship soured and one of the parties - McHenry - purported to terminate the Software Licensing and Development Agreement and then launched a...more

8/29/2014 - Arbitration Breach of Contract Canada Confidential Information Copyright Copyright Infringement License Agreements Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Sealed Records Software

When Milk is Not Milk: Dairy Farmers of Canada v. Cytosport, Inc.

You can’t get a trade-mark registration for a word that will deceive consumers. Put into legalese, section 12 of the Canadian Trade-marks Act says a trade-mark is not registrable if it is either “clearly descriptive or...more

8/25/2014 - Canada Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Trademarks

Online Terms - What Works, What Doesn’t

The online fine print - those terms and conditions that you agree to when you buy something online - it really does matter where those terms are placed in the checkout process. A recent US case illustrates this point. In...more

8/22/2014 - Internet Retailers Online Payments Retailers Terms and Conditions Terms of Service

Copyright Litigation and the Risk of Double Costs

An American photojournalist, Ms. Leuthold, was on the scene in New York City on September 11, 2001. She licensed a number of still photographs to the CBC for use in a documentary about the 9/11 attacks. The photos were...more

7/8/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement FCA Photographs The Copyright Act

Court Orders Google to Remove Site from Worldwide Search Results

In a recent decision by the British Columbia courts (Equustek Solutions Inc. v Jack , 2014 BCSC 1063), Google has been ordered to de-index a website selling goods that were the subject of intellectual property (IP)...more

7/3/2014 - Canada Google Manufacturers Misappropriation Search Engines Takedown Notices Trade Secrets Websites

An American Attorney in Canada (Part 2: Anti-Spam)

If you are an American attorney with US clients doing business in Canada, then you should be aware of a few things, like our lack of imaginative legislative acronyms, such as the CAN-SPAM Act (from Controlling the Assault of...more

6/24/2014 - CAN-SPAM Act Canada CASL

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