By Christine Genge
, Lionel Fishman
Chief among these changes is that colour will now be registrable as a feature of the design in combination with other design features.
By Nelson Godfrey
, Neil Padgett
As the calendar turns the page from 2016 to 2017, we take the opportunity to review Canadian IP law and practice highlights from the past year.
By Daphne Lainson
The following are highlights of developments in Canadian life sciences intellectual property and regulatory law in 2016, updating our 2016 mid-year highlights.
By Philip Lapin
As we reported previously, Canadian trademark law will be significantly changed to adhere to several international treaties.
By Erin Creber
An elderly grandmother. A first-person shooter video game. The two typically have very little in common. Yet both were recently in the headlines of the national news. The story involved an email sent pursuant to Canada's "Notice and Notice" copyright legislation, accusing the senior citizen of piracy and demanding that she pay an undisclosed settlement or risk a fine of up to $5,000.
By Daniel Anthony
The creators of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys have been found liable for copyright infringement by a Nevada Federal Court jury.
By David Schwartz
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued a report entitled IP Canada Report 2016, discussing trends in IP use domestically, and by Canadians abroad, based on analysis of CIPO's internal data and those collected by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
By Tomek Nishijima
The Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications has announced that proposed amendments to the regulations under the Charter of the French Language will come into force on November 24, 2016.
By Nicole Vidinu
, Philip Lapin
Can a trademark licensor be held liable for the negligent actions of its licensee? In a decision involving United States presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Singh v Trump held that the egregious negligence of a licensee in this case did not provide a basis in law for imposing liability on a licensor.
By Daniel Hnatchuk
The role of the Competition Act is to maintain and encourage competition in Canada, in part to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have the opportunity to participate in the Canadian economy and to provide consumers with competitive prices and choices.
By Kevin Siu
The primary goal of CETA is to eliminate or reduce tariffs on trade between Canada and the EU and the harmonization of other rules to encourage trade.
By Tyler Nechiporenko
, Alexandre Caya
Fun Fact 1: Unlike our American friends, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving each year on the second Monday in October which this year falls on October 10.
By Gunars Gaikis
, Andrew Mandlsohn
, Shirley Liang Komosa
Expert evidence plays a critical role in patent litigation, and can literally make or break a case.
By Daniel Davies
The Federal Court of Appeal upheld a decision finding Nova Chemicals Corporation liable for infringement of a patent owned by The Dow Chemical Company by Nova's manufacture and sale of its SURPASS film-grade polymers.
By Philip Lapin
, Daniel Hnatchuk
"Official marks" are a form of intellectual property
protection unique to Canada. Many trademark owners, even in Canada,
are unaware of official marks.