18 Jun 2020
Launched in August 2019 as part of Canada’s Intellectual Property Strategy, ExploreIP is a free online tool that provides businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators a new way to discover intellectual property (IP) held by public sector institutions such as government, academia or other public sector institutions. A showcase of Canada’s research expertise, ExploreIP supports ground-breaking research and discoveries by stimulating collaborations to help launch the next big thing in innovation.
12 Jun 2020
COVID-19 is an event that came into existence suddenly and in a matter of months changed the way the world works. As a result, this unprecedented crisis is having a significant impact on the global economy. However, it is clear that the importance and value of innovation is not affected by this crisis and it is the businesses that best position themselves and protect their innovations that will emerge from this crisis as leaders.
10 Jun 2020
The vast array of platforms that gather under the inelegant moniker, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), has populated the online digital field for years. As for using mediation, which is thought of as so reliant upon personal cajoling and persuasion, it has, against expectation, found considerable success in the online world, in some areas of dispute. Which does augur well for its use in IP disputes.
4 Jun 2020
Until recently for young intellectual property professionals, learning their craft was much like walking down a well-worn path. Common strategies for dealing with obstacles encountered included asking mentors and peers, referring to industry guidelines or commentary, and following precedents and past practices that have proven successful.
3 Jun 2020
The restrictions on workplaces resulting from provincial emergency orders and the need to physically distance have created a myriad of challenges for employers. Chief among these challenges is setting up or operationalizing remote working for employees.
21 May 2020
Global companies are pivoting production lines to help address an increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in Canada. These efforts exemplify integrity and willingness to work towards a greater good. However, there has been no shortage of bad actors looking to profit in this crisis.
15 May 2020
Organizations are now accepting BYOD as the new “normal”. Some may fail, however, to appreciate the risks that can arise with an employee’s use of their mobile device. To address these risks, organizations should review, update and revise accordingly the remote access, security and other policies in response to the increased use of personal mobile devices that access an organization’s information technology.
11 May 2020
The global impact of COVID on the economy and every day life is spurring efforts to find solutions to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Innovative Canadian technology companies, either existing or pivoting in the health care space, are being fueled by funding and investment opportunities and responding to urgent demands in the marketplace.
4 May 2020
The Canadian Registrar of Trademarks, Commissioner of Patents and the Minister responsible for the Industrial Designs Act have “designated” the time-period running from March 16, 2020 up to and including May 15, 2020.
21 Apr 2020
What happens to a trademark when COVID-19 prevents a trademark owner from using the trademark in the normal course of business?
20 Apr 2020
By now you have probably encountered a plethora of articles that discuss how to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experimenting with different aspects of your routine is one way to determine what does and doesn’t work for you.
14 Apr 2020
By updated Practice Direction and Order dated April 4, 2020, the Federal Court has extended its Suspension Period to May 15, 2020, and detailed its strategy for keeping the Court running during the COVID-19 crisis.