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  • Courts not the best forum to figure out pet sharing
    Anna Troitschanski says she recommends negotiating a settlement over sharing of animals to her clients after a separation in their family.

    Courts not the best forum to figure out pet sharing

    Divorcing pet owners are better off steering clear of court if they want to explore some form of shared custody for cats and dogs post-separation, family lawyers say.

  • Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy
    Michelle Nelles says Health Canada’s packaging regulations greatly impact how companies are able to brand and market their products.

    Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy

    Lawyers are encouraging cannabis producers to include plant breeders’ rights in their business’s intellectual property strategy, especially as cannabis is set to become legal this year.

  • More incentives needed for emerging businesses
    Edward Fan says it’s difficult to imagine the economy growing at a ‘robust pace’ without a strategy devoted to intellectual property.

    More incentives needed for emerging businesses

    Intellectual property lawyers say the federal government’s recently announced intellectual property strategy gives a positive framework for IP protection and promotion in Canada, but it could include more concrete incentives for emerging businesses.

  • Businesses should prepare for trademark trolls
    Anthony Prenol says changes to the Trade-marks Act means businesses will have to address a more cluttered trademarks registry and they need to spend more time and money to determine which trademarks they can challenge.

    Businesses should prepare for trademark trolls

    Intellectual property lawyers expect to see an increase in trademark trolls or squatters after long-awaited amendments to the Trade-marks Act come into force early next year.

  • Lawyers help artists with unique legal needs
    Paul Sanderson says he became a lawyer ‘to make the plight of musicians and other artists better, and there was nothing else I was interested in.’

    Lawyers help artists with unique legal needs

    Paul Sanderson stood out among his colleagues at Osgoode Hall Law School in the early 1980s.

  • Surrogacy lawyers help with navigating issues
    Joan Manafa says criminal sanctions over paying surrogates are a ‘paternalistic’ relic of outdated attitudes.

    Surrogacy lawyers help with navigating issues

    When Cindy Wasser welcomed the first of her two daughters into the world in 2008, it transformed not only her personal life but her professional one, too.

  • HIV lawyers help fight stigma
    Jonathan Shime says the science supports a less zealous criminal pursuit of those with HIV.

    HIV lawyers help fight stigma

    If the law and societal attitudes to HIV had advanced as fast as the science associated with the virus, Ryan Peck might well be out of a job.

  • New elder law section will address aging population
    Marion Korn says an interdisciplinary approach is needed when it comes to elder law issues.

    New elder law section will address aging population

    Members of the Ontario Bar Association’s nascent elder law section say its emergence was an inevitable reaction to the country’s aging population.

  • Workplace restorations can help after investigations
    Tracy Bergeron Lucha notes that the old-fashioned model for employers to move employees after a harassment investigation can cost a company more in the long run, whether it’s with settlements or paying out terminations.

    Workplace restorations can help after investigations

    After a harassment investigation or mediation over inappropriate behaviour in a workplace, lawyers say the environment can become toxic to employees. Employment lawyers say that a workplace restoration process is a better way of dealing with the fallout of investigations and can help to return a sense of normalcy to a workplace.

  • Credit for service clarified after company changes hands
    Alayna Miller says ‘employment law has been rapidly evolving, particularly in the context of termination provisions,’ and more clarity is needed.

    Credit for service clarified after company changes hands

    After a company changes hands, questions can arise about how employees are given credit for service under a new structure.

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