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Copyright, Intellectual Property

Navigating an ‘excessively formalistic’ copyright regime

The Canadian Copyright Act requires that all assignments of, and grants of interest by licence in, a copyrighted work must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner or the owner’s authorized agent.
In cases where an author did not execute an assignment document but intended to assign copyright, courts have still traditionally refused to impose equitable assignments, given the clear wording of the legislative provisions.
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By Ashley Dumouchel,
Copyright, Litigation

New anti-counterfeiting measures in Canada

Canada has long been criticised for its policies regarding combating counterfeit goods, and especially regarding the border enforcement of intellectual property. The recent proclamation into force of certain provisions of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (CCPA) on 1 January, however, gives trademark and copyright owners a relatively straightforward mechanism for combating infringing goods at the border.
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By Ashley Dumouchel,
Copyright, Litigation, Trademark

New protections in Canada

Canadian trademark practitioners remain, for the most part, focused on the coming changes to our trademark legislation as we join the Madrid, Nice and Singapore Treaties.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Press Releases

Freedman professionals join Shapiro Cohen LLP

We are very excited to announce that as of November 1, 2014 the professionals of the Freedman patent and trademark firm in Ottawa have joined Shapiro Cohen LLP and we welcome Gordon Freedman as our newest colleague.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Cannabis, Plant Breeders' Rights

IP and Canada’s booming medical marijuana industry

In the spring of 2014, the Canadian government loosened restrictions on the commercial exchange of medical cannabis, ushering in what some would call a ‘free market’ for the product.
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