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By Chantal Bertosa,
Charter of the French Language, Litigation, Trademark

The Charter of the French language cannot override the Trade-marks Act

The Quebec Superior Court overruled the interpretation adopted by the Office québécois de la langue française of the Charter of the French language, requiring businesses to add a French generic term to trade-marks used in commercial advertising.
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By Victoria Carrington,
Trademark

Canada joining Madrid – myth or reality?

The Canadian government has recently introduced a Budget Implementation Bill, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (Bill C-31). The Act aims to implement the following international treaties.
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By Victoria Carrington,
Intellectual Property, Trademark

Towards implementing international IP treaties

After years of debate and extensive discussion, the Canadian government tabled five international IP treaties in the House of Commons—all on one day. On January 28, 2014, parliament took the first step towards ratifying and subsequently implementing the following five treaties:
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By Aventum IP Law,
Patent

Patent Landscape Analysis: Don’t Plan Without it

Research and development (R&D) is usually key to the growth of small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). Often, the SME has one or more niche products out in the market, with others in the pipeline. However, poor strategic planning of future R&D activities – or worse, none at all – often leads to the demise of SMEs. This can be mitigated, if not avoided, by the use a valuable, but underused tool: the patent landscape analysis (PLA).
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By Aventum IP Law,
Copyright, Litigation

A bad year for copyright infringers

A landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada has been released which will serve as an important precedent in many fundamental areas of Canadian copyright law, including the test for determining if a “substantial part” of a work has been copied, assessment of damages, use of experts in a copyright context and the vicarious liability of directors for infringement.
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