Industrial Designs: What’s New?

Blog Post
November 20, 2018
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What changes were recently made to industrial designs practice in Canada? Read about amendments to the Industrial Design Act and new regulations, and what these mean for rights holders.

Poppies, Possums and Protecting your Currency

Blog Post
September 27, 2018
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Readers may not have considered the importance of protecting the IP properties of currency. However, mints like the Royal Canadian Mint are commercial enterprises, and contracts for foreign circulation can be very lucrative. A recent dispute between the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Australian Mint illustrates the lengths at which currency manufacturers are willing to go to protect their brand.

Land surveys: who owns the copyright?

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July 27, 2018
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Does copyright for land surveys belong to the Crown or the surveyor? Our latest Real Estate blog post explores a recent case that looked at surveys registered with the land registry system.

Food Delivery Apps – Good for Business?

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July 18, 2018
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The traditional method of calling up your favourite restaurant and placing your order directly is increasingly being replaced by food delivery apps such as SkipTheDishes, UberEats and Foodora. In an industry know for its slim profit margins, are food delivery apps actually good for business?

Copyright for Animal Selfies – Monkey Business?

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May 4, 2018
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Can a monkey sue for copyright infringement? Our latest Intellectual Property blog post looks at the “monkey selfie” copyright dispute and the relevant law in Canada.

How to test your corporate knowledge

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March 26, 2018
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Corporate knowledge, from an intellectual property and technology lawyer’s perspective could be a detailed understanding at the management level of the source and direction of the innovations and technology that underpin the company. But are these invaluable aspects of the business both properly protected in a strategic and cost-effective manner and commercialized to the fullest extent possible?

IP Round Up: “Banal” Lyrics and “Taco Tuesdays”

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February 20, 2018
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As reported in this space last month, Taylor Swift has recently been involved in a copyright infringement court battle over the question of whether the lyrics of her hit song “Shake it Off” were copied from an early 2000s song by 3LW titled “Playas Gon’ Play.” This post also looks at a trademark dispute over the phrase “Taco Tuesdays”.

Happy Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog!

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February 16, 2018
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Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. And 2018 is the Year of the Dog! People born in the Year of the Dog – birth years 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 – are characterised as sincere, reliable, considerate, intelligent, and hardworking. Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Intellectual Property Group wishes you and your family health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.

Celebrities Dip Their Toes (Paws?) Into The World of IP Protection

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February 5, 2018
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The job description of being a successful performing artist has certainly expanded in recent years, and it has become quite common for celebrities to seek registration for the intellectual property rights surrounding the burgeoning business of being a star.