Are You Prepared For The New Anti-Spam Legislation?

February 12th, 2014

Are you in compliance with the new anti-spam legislation? New legislation comes into effect on July 1, 2014, that regulates the distribution of commercial electronic messages. In order to continue sending electronic communications to your contact lists, including emails, newsletter, publications, and announcements, you will need to obtain explicit consent from your contacts. There are […]


The Ford Motor Company vs. Ford Nation Trade-Mark Issue

November 27th, 2013

The Ford Motor Company vs. Ford Nation Trade-Mark Issue The Ford Motor Company was not impressed by the use of its trade-mark on t-shirts made by supporters of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.  “Ford did not grant permission for use of its logo,” Jay Cooney, a company spokesman, told Bloomberg News. “We view it as an […]


American Class Action Suit Filed against the Happy Birt …

September 4th, 2013

This blog is written by our law summer student, Ira Marcovitch. It may very well be the most popular and recognizable song in the English language, or any language for that matter. For the past 120 years, it has heralded the coming and passing of another year for infants and octogenarians alike. However, it is […]


The Canadian Start-Up Visa

June 12th, 2013

The Canadian Start-Up Visa The Canadian Start-Up Visa: A bid to attract entrepreneurs with at least one year of post secondary education In a bid to scoop up the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, the Government of Canada has recently introduced the Start-Up Visa Program, the first of its kind in the world. This program […]


On What Basis Can I Register A Trade-Mark?

May 27th, 2013

Part 1 – Use in Canada A trade-mark application can be filed in Canada on a number of different bases, which include: Use in Canada Proposed use in Canada Made known in Canada The mark being subject to a registration or application for registration in another country When filing on the bases of “use” or […]


When do I need a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

April 22nd, 2013

The simplest answer to the question, “When do I need a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”)?” is: “Before you disclose any confidential information to a third party”. NDA’s are typically used when one party intends to disclose proprietary information that may have commercial value and is not yet in the public domain to another party; such as […]


Trade-mark clearinghouse for new generic……

March 21st, 2013

If you are a trademark owner, commencing on March 26, 2013, the Trade-Mark Clearing House will begin accepting applications for generic top level domains (gTLDs). In June 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings such as .com, .net and […]


Benefits of Intellectual Property License Agreement

February 15th, 2013

Properly licensing intellectual property can be an important factor in the success of any business. A license is essentially permission to do something that, without the license, would be an infringement of intellectual property rights. The party granting the license is usually called the licensor, and the party receiving the license is usually called the […]


Commercial Lending and Intellectual Property

January 21st, 2013

This is a two part blog on the use of intellectual property in the commercial lending context. This blog will concentrate mostly from the lender’s perspective. The next blog will review some key considerations from the perspective of borrowers and businesses looking to obtain financing using their portfolio of intellectual property as security. The knowledge […]

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