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Intellectual Property


Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 2:29 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court finds it has territorial competence in case where alleged contract breach occurred in Belgium

The British Columbia Supreme Court has refused a Belgian university’s application to dismiss or stay a software company’s action against it. The defendant argued that the court did not have territorial competence in the case of an alleged breach of a licensing agreement entered in 2002. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 11:58 AM

There’s meat and then there’s meat Meatintesttubes

In June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the first authorization to produce and sell lab-grown meat; a.k.a., cultivated meat. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 11:54 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 @ 9:50 AM

CABL launches ‘first-of-its kind’ survey to study experience of Black lawyers in Canada Raphael Tachie

The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) has launched a “first-of-its-kind study to examine the experiences of Black lawyers in Canada.” The organization’s current and past president both hope it will be the “beginning of a conversation” and encourage collaboration across the profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 10:27 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court rejects patent owner’s res judicata claim against generic manufacturer’s defence

The Federal Court has dismissed a summary judgment motion brought by a pharmaceutical company which had alleged that a patent invalidity defence claimed by a generic drug manufacturer was res judicata and an abuse of process. ... [read more]

Friday, July 14, 2023 @ 1:46 PM

Norton Rose Fulbright partners with BMO to assist Pro Bono Ontario Hotline, highlights A2J Jennifer Teskey

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) and BMO Financial Group (BMO) have joined forces to staff the Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) Free Legal Advice Hotline throughout July, highlighting the firm’s commitment to access to justice as legal organizations across the country raise the alarm over backlogs in civil and family court. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 4:13 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court denies jury trial in case where plaintiffs alleged breach of duty by lawyers

The British Columbia Supreme Court has allowed the lawyer defendants’ application for the trial of an action to be heard without a jury in a case where the plaintiffs alleged that the lawyers breached duties regarding a litigation funding agreement. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 4:10 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 5:13 PM

Chief justice says disclosure directive aims at generative AI-aided legal research, submissions Yukon Supreme Court Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan

As Canada’s courts and tribunals consider what oversight they might give to the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in legal proceedings, the country’s smallest superior trial court has forged ahead with a broad practice directive requiring lawyers and litigants to inform Yukon’s Supreme Court of any reliance on AI in their preparation of legal research or court submissions. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 3:20 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court prohibits Duracell from using Energizer trademarks on battery packages

The Federal Court has permanently restrained Duracell from using Energizer trademarks on battery packages, finding that stickers on Duracell batteries claiming they were longer lasting than comparable Energizer products led to likely depreciation of goodwill in the Energizer trademarks. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 12:01 PM

Regrettable rollback of remote work | Breanna Needham

Remote work appears to no longer be on the rise, at least in the legal profession. While working remotely had a meteoric ascension by reason of necessity in 2020 due to the ‎COVID-19 pandemic, many law firms and legal employers are now beginning to mandate multiple days of attendance in the office each week. The reasons provided for the return to office mandates vary, and include a variety of justifications, from firm culture to increasing collaboration. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 9:25 AM

Lawyers’ use of augmented reality Augmentedreality

The start of the pandemic marked a significant turning point for technological adaptation within the legal realm. The incorporation of advanced technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and more recently, augmented reality (AR), has unlocked possibilities that are virtually limitless in both scope and scale. ... [read more]