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Licensees Beware: Assignment Provisions in a License Agreement

Let’s say a company negotiates a patent license agreement with the patent owner. The agreement includes a clear prohibition against assignment – in other words, for either party to transfer their rights under the agreement, they…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court of Appeal Recognizes Regulator's Robust Implied Power in Name of Public Protection

In Law Society of Alberta v. Beaver, 2016 ABCA 290, the Alberta Court of Appeal held that suspended lawyers are not entitled to act as “legal agents,” a limited status in which the agent can represent another person in…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Professional Malpractice

Online Defamation & Libel: The Trump Effect

It’s not often that our little blog intersects with such titanic struggles as the U.S. presidential race – and by using the term “titanic” I certainly don’t mean to suggest that anything disastrous is in the future. After…more
| Elections & Politics

Happy Birthday… in Trademarks

You may have heard that the lyrics and music to the song “Happy Birthday” were the subject of a protracted copyright battle. The lawsuit came as a surprise to many people, considering this is the “world’s most popular song”…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Brexit’s Impact on IP Rights

By Richard Stobbe The  UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has released a helpful 12-page summary entitled The Impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property, which discusses a number of IP topics and the…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ledcor: Taming Sattva’s Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts

The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision of Sattva v. Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53 opened the barn door and let loose a wild horse in terms of the scope and the availability of the use of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

An Update to our Latest Article on Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

Only days before the electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement was to become mandatory for all visa-exempt foreign nationals* the Government of Canada announced its decision to extend the leniency period to November 9,…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Transportation

Craft Beer Trademarks (Part 2)

In Part 1 we noted the growth in the craft beer industry in Canada and the U.S., and how this has spawned some interesting trademark disputes. The case of Brooklyn Brewery Corp. v. Black Ops Brewing, Inc. (January 7, 2016)…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Alberta’s Prospectus Exemption For Start-Up Businesses

Alberta recently brought in a few rule changes which may be of interest: ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (Start-up Business Exemption – PDF) (effective July 19, 2016) is designed to “facilitate…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Ownership of Copyright in Software

Can an employee claim to own the employer’s software? An “author” of a work is the first owner of copyright. To determine ownership, it’s necessary to determine which contributions will be considered “authorship” for the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Post-Grant Patent Amendment – Canadian and US Options

On the long and sometimes bumpy road of patent prosecution, a Notice of Allowance can be a welcome sign that you are nearly at your destination: a granted patent. But the journey is not over yet. At the time of grant, what if…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Drone Laws and Privacy in Canada

‘Drones’ were first known by the military as unmanned aerial vehicles, and later by the International Civil Aviation Organization as remotely piloted aircraft systems. Drones come in various shapes and sizes and can be piloted…more
| International Law & Trade, Personal Injury, Privacy, Transportation

Craft Beer Trademarks (Part 1)

The number of licensed breweries in Canada has risen 100% over the past five years to over 600. In Alberta and B.C. alone, the number of breweries doubled between 2010 and 2015. Industry trends are shifting, driven by…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online pre-screening process…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Transportation

Bozo’s Flippity-Flop and Shooting Stars: A Cautionary Tale About Rights Management

If you’ve ever taken piano lessons then titles like “Bozo’s Flippity-Flop”, “Shooting Stars” and “Little Elves and Pixies” may be familiar. These are among the titles that were drawn into a recent copyright infringement…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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