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Intellectual Property


Monday, November 06, 2023 @ 9:37 AM

Bankruptcies, AI’s use in insolvency process on rise, says Davies report

The first half of 2023 featured the highest number of business bankruptcies in Canada since 2019, with the country’s retail trade sector particularly hard hit by “uncertain global and Canadian financial conditions,” according to a report recently released by the financial restructuring and insolvency group at law firm, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. ... [read more]

Monday, November 06, 2023 @ 9:18 AM

New appointment at Aird & Berlis

Justin Song has joined Aird & Berlis as an associate.   ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2023 @ 3:48 PM

Moreau CJ was on ‘short list’ of only 2 bilingual SCC candidates, despite feds mandating 3-5 names

The “short list” of candidates the independent advisory board on Supreme Court appointments handed the government last month had only two names on it as the advisory board did not identify enough “qualified and functionally bilingual” candidates to discharge the Liberal government’s mandate obliging the board to provide Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with “at least three to five names” of candidates to fill the Western/Northern vacancy for which Alberta Court of King’s Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau was picked. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2023 @ 2:09 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canada hosts annual cyber challenge to combat blockchain technology related tax fraud

The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5) Cyber Challenge was held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 to track down individuals and organizations perpetrating tax crimes around the world. This was the fifth iteration of the challenge which focused on data mining and financial reporting relating to crypto-assets and technology enabled financial threats. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2023 @ 8:54 AM

Same old song Vacuum

The plaintiff, 2572495 Ontario Inc., carrying on business as Vacuum Parts Canada (VPC), sought an interlocutory injunction to stop the defendants from copying its photographs, or using its trademark “VPC” or its tradename “Vacuum Parts Canada”  (2572495 Ontario Inc. v. Vacuum Specialists (1985) Ltd. 2023 FC 345). ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2023 @ 4:27 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Civil liberties groups express fundamental rights concerns over proposed AI legislation

A coalition of civil society organizations including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) held a conference on Nov. 2 concerning Bill C-27, otherwise known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act. They stated that many of their concerns related to artificial intelligence (AI), including those of privacy and fundamental rights, were not captured by recent proposals and amendments to the bill. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2023 @ 12:41 PM

Ottawa says annual growth plan for immigration to ‘plateau’ in 2026 at 500,000 permanent residents Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller

The federal Liberal government says it is sticking to its ambitious immigration targets for the next three years, unveiling plans to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2024, 500,000 in 2025, and then “plateau” at 500,000 permanent residents in 2026. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 @ 1:59 PM

Canada imposes sanctions on fuel, weapons suppliers, other enablers of Myanmar’s military regime Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly

Responding to the violence and terror Myanmar’s military regime continues to inflict on that country’s people, Canada has imposed sanctions against 39 individuals and 22 entities that are supporters of the regime which toppled Myanmar’s democratically elected government two and a half years ago ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2023 @ 2:28 PM

Federal courts ask interveners to prove their worth Two people with a third figure above them

While interventions are not a new concept in several courts across the country, especially before the Supreme Court of Canada, the federal courts appear to have faced an uptick in such motions over the years, forcing them to reconsider how to apply a 30-odd-year-old test used to decide whether to grant a proposed intervener leave to intervene. ... [read more]

Friday, October 27, 2023 @ 5:28 PM

SCC rules on duty of contractual loyalty linked to good faith, remedy of disgorgement of profits Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

In an important Quebec civil law judgment on remedies and contractual obligations of loyalty and good faith, the Supreme Court of Canada has 6-0 dismissed the appeal of two corporate directors who bought three thriving businesses they ran from the controlling shareholders — only to sell them on at a hefty profit — without ever telling the shareholders that the third-party buyer had wanted to acquire their businesses. ... [read more]