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An American Attorney in Canada (Part 3: Letters of Request in Patent Litigation)

A recent Ontario court decision (Arctic Cat Inc. et al. v. Peter Watson, 2014 ONSC 6874 (CanLII)) dealt with a foreign letter of request, or “letter rogatory” in a cross-border patent infringement case involving the invention of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Patent Litigation in 2014

A recent report shows interesting trends in US patent litigation: - 5,002 patent infringement cases were filed in the US in 2014, up from 2,641 filed in 2010; - Of those cases filed, the majority (61%) were…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

CIPO - EPO PPH

Who can resist an announcement laced with nerdy acronyms? Last week, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced the launch of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement with the European Patent Office…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Is “One Dollar” Sufficient for a Patent Assignment?

You may have read the recitals or introductory clauses in a license or an assignment agreement. In most cases, these clauses are just skimmed, if they are reviewed at all. In a recent decision of the US Federal Circuit Court of…more
| Intellectual Property

Not a utility patent, but a patent utility?

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com, has proposed a kind of neutral private-sector utility for the licensing of patents. He argues that “We have spent trillions of dollars…more
| Intellectual Property

ALERT: Federal Government Announces Compensation for Employers of Reservists

On November 25, 2014 the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., announced a new Government of Canada program which will provide financial support to employers of Canadian Armed Forces reservists…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Military Law

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
| Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate - Residential

Commercial Contracts Include an Implied Duty of Good Faith

There has long been an implied duty that an employer must act in good faith when terminating employment contracts. Until now, such a duty was not necessarily implied in other commercial contracts. However, all companies should…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

PIPA Update - December 2014

As previously reported in Workwise, on November 15, 2013, the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (the “Act”), was declared invalid on constitutional grounds by the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) in the case of…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy

Jian Ghomeshi’s Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees

Jian Ghomeshi has withdrawn his $55,000,000 lawsuit against his former employer, the CBC. The reasons Ghomeshi chose to drop the suit have not yet been made clear, but the current state of the law likely would have made his…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Case Comments: Interpretation of Standards of Practice and Standard of Review

Hunter v College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, 2014 ABCA 262 (Alta CA), upholding the decision of the Council for the College and dismissing the appeal. A physician who married his former patient challenged his…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Health

The Top 10 "Tips and Traps" for Tribunal Member Conduct

...I created The Top 10 “Tips and Traps” for Tribunal Member Conduct. While some of the tips may seem like common sense, on many occasions problems arise due to the failure by both new and experienced Hearing Tribunal members to…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure

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 in…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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