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  • Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights
    Lorne Lipkus says he’s embarrassed to tell people where he comes from when appearing at international conferences focused on intellectual property protection and enforcement.

    Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Canada fully deserves its spot on the U.S. Trade Representative’s notorious priority watch list for intellectual property rights thanks to its failure to stop the flow of counterfeit goods through the country’s ports, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?
    Graham Honsa says a recent SCC decision that Rogers can recover some of its costs for complying with Norwich orders may end up accounting for the bulk of the expense to plaintiffs engaging in mass copyright litigation.

    Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    It’s too early to tell whether a Supreme Court of Canada decision on who should bear the cost of identifying alleged online pirates will stem the tide of mass copyright infringement litigation, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Starting a new firm means hard work, networking
    Andrew Faith says starting a new firm requires constant networking.

    Starting a new firm means hard work, networking

    For many lawyers who start out working for a national or well-established firm or as a junior to someone prominent in the field, there comes a time when thoughts turn to going out on one’s own or with a few colleagues.

  • AI technology can enhance a practice
    Isi Caulder says the main benefit of AI products already on the market is the ability to take large amounts of data to make informed predictions.

    AI technology can enhance a practice

    Artificial intelligence may seem imposing to members of the legal profession who are wary of terms such as “cognitive technologies” or “digital distruption.”

  • Advocacy skills crucial for lawyers’ development
    Sonia Bjorkquist says for those who aspire to practise in the field of civil or commercial litigation, there are now fewer opportunities to develop their skills in an actual courtroom.

    Advocacy skills crucial for lawyers’ development

    It has been a decade since the four-and-half-month period of practical skills training was eliminated as a result of major changes to the bar admissions requirements in Ontario.

  • Traditional marketing by lawyers can work
    Jaye Hooper says she had made concerns about some kinds of lawyer advertising clear to the Law Society of Ontario.

    Traditional marketing by lawyers can work

    While it may seem to be an anachronism to anyone who is newer to the profession, it was not that many years ago that one of the major marketing decisions for lawyers was whether to take out an advertisement in the Yellow Pages that serviced the local community.

  • Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed
    Avvy Go says she prefers the ‘modified objective’ test endorsed in the minority judgment in R. v. Wong.

    Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed

    Immigration lawyers say a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada drives home the need for criminal defence counsel to bolster their immigration law knowledge in order to properly represent non-citizen clients.

  • Safe Third Country Agreement challenged again
    Janet Dench says she is ‘fairly confident the situation is different’ in the second attempt to have the Safe Third Country Agreement declared as unconstitutional. Photo: © CCR/Adaha John

    Safe Third Country Agreement challenged again

    Refugee advocates hope they will be successful in their second attempt to have the Safe Third Country Agreement declared unconstitutional.

  • CBSA may face legal challenge over flagpoling project
    Barbara Jo Caruso says a CBSA pilot project is unlawful, and there may be a court challenge that emerges because of it.

    CBSA may face legal challenge over flagpoling project

    The Canada Border Services Agency could face a legal challenge if it continues to expand its flagpoling project limiting services to immigrants who seek to validate or renew their status in Canada at the country’s land borders.

  • Improvements suggested for foreign worker program
    Jacqueline Bart says she welcomes the additional level of accountability that enhanced powers have brought for businesses using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

    Improvements suggested for foreign worker program

    The federal government has some improvements to make in its regulation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, according to immigration lawyers.

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