Intellectual Property Law


  • Free trade deal impacts IP

    Free trade deal impacts IP

    Dec 10, 2018

    A lot of public attention on the merits of the trade agreement signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico has focused on industries such as the dairy sector and disputes over steel and aluminium tariffs that are still in place.

  • Decision resurrects disputed patent principle

    Decision resurrects disputed patent principle

    Nov 26, 2018

    A group of pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to argue that a decision that invalidated one of their patents was decided based on “wrong legal principles,” a panel of Court of Appeal of Ontario judges said.

  • Changing norms

    Oct 22, 2018

    The legal use of recreational cannabis is one indicator of changing norms. One day, it is likely that the one-time criminalization of cannabis will seem antiquated.

  • Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Oct 15, 2018

    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.

  • Data release ordered

    Data release ordered

    Oct 15, 2018

    Canada can remain at the forefront of clinical trial transparency after the Federal Court ordered the release of data to a public health researcher, according to the university professor’s lawyer.

  • Foreign businesses can keep their marks

    Foreign businesses can keep their marks

    Oct 15, 2018

    Intellectual property lawyers say Canada’s trademark law is catching up with the modern world after a pair of federal court decisions allowing foreign businesses to keep their marks despite having no physical presence in the country.

  • The pendulum swings

    Oct 15, 2018

    If nature exists within a continuum, continually returning to a balanced state, then I think it’s fair to apply the same principles to our social structures.

  • Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    Oct 15, 2018

    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.

  • Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy

    Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy

    Jun 11, 2018

    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

    More incentives needed for emerging businesses

    Jun 11, 2018

    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.

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