Intellectual Property

  • July 18, 2024

    Federal Court orders government to disclose redacted information in $102M contract with Ford Canada

    The Federal Court has directed the federal government to disclose some previously redacted information related to an agreement through which the government committed to contribute $102.4 million towards an engine program at the Ford plant in Windsor, Ont.

  • July 18, 2024

    Copyright board vice-chair and chief executive officer appointed

    François-Philippe Champagne, the minister of innovation, science and industry, announced the appointment of Drew Olsen as the vice-chair and chief executive officer of the Copyright Board of Canada. The announcement, made in a July 16 news release, confirmed that Olsen would begin his five-year term on Aug. 26, 2024.

  • July 17, 2024

    B.C. court dismisses defamation action against charity researcher under anti-SLAPP law

    The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against a writer who published letters alleging that a philanthropic gift was part of a massive tax fraud scam, finding that public interest weighed in favour of protecting the writer’s expression.

  • July 16, 2024

    Federal Court orders ISPs to implement site blocking to curb pirated online sports broadcasts

    The Federal Court has ordered Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) to implement dynamic site‑blocking aimed at stopping copyright infringement with respect to live sports broadcasts.

  • July 16, 2024

    Two appointments for Aird & Berlis

    Aird & Berlis has announced that Ryan Evans has joined the firm as a partner and member of the intellectual property and litigation & dispute resolution groups. And Anna Lu has joined as an associate in Aird & Berlis’s municipal and land use planning group.

  • July 15, 2024

    Ontario AI legislation is in need of significant amendment, law commission says

    Law reform advocates are calling on the Ontario government to amend its recently introduced legislation on cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI), saying it falls short of principles the province has already adopted when it comes to the use of such technology.

  • July 10, 2024

    PATENTS — Defences to infringement — Lack of essential element

    Appeal by appellants from dismissal by federal court of its patent infringement action on motion for summary trial against respondent. The appellants claimed that the respondents infringed their 085 patent for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility by using the patented invention.

  • July 09, 2024

    Due diligence tips for investing in AI companies

    Investment banks and private equity firms are increasingly captivated by the lucrative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) companies. However, the dynamic and complex nature of AI technology, alongside the continuously evolving regulatory landscape, demands meticulous due diligence to thoroughly understand the potential risks and benefits. Specialized legal due diligence, focusing on the unique characteristics of AI companies, is vital for an accurate evaluation of these investment opportunities.

  • July 08, 2024

    Importance of being the first to use a trademark

     A recent decision of the Federal Court illustrates the importance of being the first to use a trademark (F.I.A.L. Finanziaria Industrie Alto Lario, S.P.A. v. Galperti SRL, 2024 FC 976).

  • July 08, 2024

    Alarm company mishandled breach complaints, but no ‘real risk of significant harm’: Commission

    The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) recently published its Report of Findings following an investigation into Company Home, an alarm-monitoring company that works with authorized dealers to sell the systems to customers.