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Trademark changes will happen June 17, 2019

November 28, 2018

We finally have a date: June 17, 2019. That is the date on which a huge number of changes to Canadian trademark law will finally take effect. Ever since the changes were first introduced in legislation in 2014, we have been talking with clients about the nature…

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Changes to the Canadian Trademark Regulations

May 21, 2018

The Canadian trademark regime is about to undergo significant changes in the coming months. The changes are motivated primarily by a desire to modernize the Canadian IP system by joining several international treaties, namely the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (Singapore Treaty),…

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Using the Patent Cooperation Treaty in your Patent Filing Strategy

May 08, 2018

Does filing a Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) application lead to an “international patent”? The short answer is no. But with some strategic consideration, a patentee can secure patent rights for protecting the worldwide realities of their business. The PCT is a multi-lateral treaty allowing…

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Design Protection Should Not Be Overlooked

April 25, 2018

There are many options for intellectual property protection. One form of IP that is sometimes overlooked is design protection. Design protection can be a valuable part of an overall IP strategy. It can also act as a cost-effective alternative to utility patent protection in some scenarios. Design…

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Canada: next hotspot for blockchain patents?

February 06, 2018

Canada has always had a large mining industry. Fully 57% of the global mining financings in 2016 were done on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). But a new type of mining industry is setting up in Canada: Bitcoin…

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