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As an Inventor, Should I Sign an Invention Assignment Agreement?

  An Invention Assignment Agreement, often known as an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Transfer Agreement, is an agreement where one party assigns its intellectual property rights to...

From Beyoncé Beer to the Upside Down: When Are You Permitted to Reproduce an Existing Work of Art

Artists and graphic designers either desire to - for their own personal reasons - or are frequently asked to create images/t-shirt designs/memes or even complete replicas of existing images for commer...

Blog Bite: What is Technology Transfer?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses how, though details vary from transaction to transaction, agreements affecting technology transfers contain two essential elements: the...

Overview of IP Transfer Agreement

Overview of IP Transfer Agreement   What is this document? An IP Transfer Agreement is an agreement between an individual or corporation transferring its intellectual property to another...

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...

What rights can you not sign away in a contract?

The power to contract is extremely broad, but that doesn’t mean the power is limitless. You can’t contract to perform illegal activities and you certainly can’t contract away constit...

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...

Overview of Intellectual Property Release Agreement

Overview of Intellectual Property Release Agreement What is this document? An IP Release Agreement is an agreement where a person (the ‘Releasor’) releases all claims it might have in relat...

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....

Blog Bite: What are key intellectual property issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions transactions?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com provides an overview of ten intellectual property issues that should be addressed in technology sector mergers & acquisitions transactions. I...

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...

Legal Tips & Tricks: Negotiating an Agreement should Start with a Blank Page

When entering into an important contract, take the time to discuss with your business partners, advisors and legal counsel, to make sure that you are clear about your opportunities and risks.  In thi...

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 ...

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...
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