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Five Bits of Advice That Entrepreneurs Need From Their Lawyers

The business of corporate law relies upon the entrepreneurial spirit of its clients. So, if you have decided to pursue your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, for a lawyer (and for our beloved C...

Blog Bite: What is the strategic value of an “action for declaration of non-infringement?”

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com reviews the case in which a golf ball manufacturer raised a complaint against Costco, who in turn brought an action for a declaration of non-inf...

Blog Bites: The factors that the court considers in accounting for profit remedies in a Canadian patent infringement litigation

  This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com highlights the major issues in an important patent infringement case relating to the disgorgement of profits in Canada. The Federal Cou...

Blog Bite: How can companies collaborating on a research project use intellectual property assignment agreements to establish IP ownership arrangements?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses the importance of executing Intellectual Property assignment agreements when companies collaborate on research projects. Companies...

Blog Bite: What are the risks associated with publicly disclosing research findings and filing patent applications?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com  discusses an ongoing patent battle between the University of California and the Broad Institute over the control of patent rights related to a ...

Santa's Got A Brand New Brand

Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre (“Yorkdale”) has forever changed the way we will visualize Santa Claus. Paul Mason, aka “Hot Santa”, was hired by Yorkdale to portray a modern Santa Claus....

A business deal gone Nashty: basketball legend files for gyms to stop using his name and image

Have you ever heard of Steve Nash? Sound familiar? That’s because we all know him as one of Canada’s finest, a basketball player from Victoria, B.C. who made it big in the mid-’00s p...

Blog Bite: How can chefs and others in the food industry protect their culinary creations and food designs or arrangements from being copied for commercial gain?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses an ever-increasing legal issue in the food industry: whether chefs and others in the food industry can use legal means to prevent othe...

Blog Bite: When is patent defense dangerous for innovation?

Recent developments in the field of robotics highlight the difficulty of balancing the need for a free market to foster innovation and growth with the need to protect legitimate companie...

Answer All the Questions About Ownership of IP Before Collaborating with a University

The hugely successful corporation, Google, was a spin off from research done for a PhD. thesis at Stanford, which makes looking at university research an attractive option. But if your business is con...

Good Background IP Protection is Not a Luxury in a Difficult Economy.

The recent economic upheavals in the Chinese economy have had a dramatic global effect on commodity producers. Mining corporations have been especially vulnerable to falling demand. In these economic ...

Blog Bite: Do you understand the nature of the IP that is being transferred?

A thorough understanding of the IP involved in a transaction is an essential first step to drafting an IP transfer or licensing agreement. The nature of the IP will determine the issues that...

Background IP Licensing Agreements Promote Innovation

An Australian specialist in cricket helmets wanted to break into the jockey helmet market, but couldn't quite perfect the manufacturing process. Attempts to manufacture offshore (China) were plagued w...

Can a competitor use my trademark on their website for comparative pricing?

Moogsi / Wikipedia Many websites use numerous brand names to compare pricing of each company’s products. Issues may arise when such ‘price-comparison’ websites are using other companies...

Protect Your Goodwill – Register Your Trademark!

  What’s in a name? Trademarks are the name, design, brand or logo that represent the products and services a company offers. They can be the word that customers associate with a comp...

Rights Grabbing Agreements Transfer Copyright to Subject of Photo

Photographers normally own the copyright to their photos, unless they are hired to take the photo, in which case, unless the agreement specifies otherwise, the person who hired them owns the copyright...

Businesses Need to be Concerned About Infringing the IP of Other Businesses

Every business is concerned about others infringing their intellectual property rights. But all businesses need to be concerned about the possibility that they may be infringing the intellectual prope...

FRAND Technology May Alter The Bargaining Power of Licensors

Under US patent law, a FRAND technology (fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory patent licensing) is standard and essential to the ongoing operation of a particular product. Thus companies that own s...

Blog Bite: What legal considerations should be made “in reality” when contemplating using or providing virtual reality products?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses recent legal developments that have taken place with the advancement of Virtual Reality (VR). The authors discuss the consideratio...

Can You Still Use API’s After the Google/Oracle Fight?

The recent fight between Google and Oracle over the 'use' of API source code has raised many questions. This article discusses a recent appellate decision which confirmed a lower court's decision to r...

Blog Bite: What steps should be taken to due diligence IP for M&A?

When one company acquires another, especially if the acquired company’s major assets include IP, the question often arises of whether the acquirer has purchased a company…or a lawsui...

Non-Transferable Digital Assets and Death: A New Legal Issue

A novel legal issue has arisen: authority over administering the digital assets and accounts of an account holder upon death or disability. This article discusses the UFADAA, a model US statute that a...

Blog Bite: In what case would aggressive patent management trigger the scrutiny of the Competition Bureau?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com is helpful in understanding the role Competition Bureau plays in the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Specifically, this article disc...

IP Transfer Agreements Should Carefully Define the IP to Be Transferred

Who among us has not been tempted to enter a contest to win fabulous prizes? For businesses who are in the market to collect data, photographic material and other IP at a very low cost, contests pr...

JV Parties Must Develop Comprehensive Background IP Protection Strategy

Joint ventures (JV) have lower capital costs than 100% acquisitions, which makes them increasingly popular during times of economic uncertainty. JV partners however, are likely to be actual or potenti...
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