Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets businesses have in today’s knowledge-based economies. Innovative and comprehensive legal advice is required for businesses to realize the full potential of their IP assets and shield themselves against the risk of infringement and other violations of IP rights. Miller Thomson’s IP lawyers, many of whom are also patent agents and trademark agents, have extensive experience helping businesses of all sizes protect and defend their IP rights. Our lawyers assist clients with all aspects of IP, including brand and portfolio management, trademark clearance and prosecution, marketing and advertising law, innovation policies, patent drafting and prosecution, technology commercialization, IP litigation, and advice with respect to corporate IP strategies.

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David Schnurr recognized with Western University Teaching Award

David was honoured with the 2015 University Students’ Council Teaching Award of Excellence. He teaches the Advanced Intellectual Property course at the Faculty of Law at Western University and is a four-time recipient of this award.

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David Reive and Karen Durell quoted in The Globe & Mail

David Reive and Karen Durell, lawyers in the Intellectual Property Group based in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office, were quoted in a Globe and Mail article entitled, “How Canadian companies can protect themselves from fakes, here and abroad.” The article focused...

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Catherine Dennis Books authors Canadian chapter of trademarks guide

Catherine Dennis Brooks, a partner in Miller Thomson’s Intellectual Property Group, has authored the Canadian Chapter in the 2015 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Trade Marks, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. View the publication here.

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David Schnurr writes chapter in Social Media and Internet Law

David Schnurr, based in Miller Thomson’s Kitchener-Waterloo office, authored a chapter on Cloud Computing in a new book titled Social Media and Internet Law.  It will be published by LexisNexis in May 2014.

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IP lawyer Karen Durell highlights copyright tips for Canadian startups.

Changes to the Canadian Copyright Act took effect in November 2012. Karen Durell, Associate Lawyer, Miller Thomson LLP, highlights what Canadian businesses need to know.  Karen also explains some misconceptions about copyright in a second video here.

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David Schnurr has been recognized by Western University with a 2012 University Students’ Council Teaching Award of Excellence. David was one of nine faculty members at Western Law to receive this award for the 2012 term. David teaches the Advanced Intellectual Property course at Western Law.

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David Reive is interviewed on CBC Radio on Tuesday, April 16th on the patentability of human genes.

David will comment on the United States Supreme Court hearing in The Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. The primary issue in this case is whether isolated human genes are proper subject matter for a patent, an issue...

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Aiyaz Alibhai is quoted in the Vancouver Sun on a case involving employees using altered company email signatures to support their union during a continuing labour dispute.

In the case, a judge ruled that employees do not have the right to change ICBC’s trademark signature in company emails. “The idea is that if it’s my stuff and I’m the owner of my stuff and you’re dealing with...

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Aiyaz Alibhai joins the Vancouver office as a Partner. He practices in the areas of patent litigation and intellectual property law.

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Craig Armstrong has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group in Waterloo.

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David Schnurr presents Privacy Law seminar to OMIA

David Schnurr presents a Privacy Law seminar on the Digital Privacy Act amendments to the Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Access to Information Act, and a 2016 CASL (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) Update, to members...

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David Schnurr presents a Patent & Trademark and Start-up Strategy seminar

David Schnurr presents a Patent & Trademark and Start-up Strategy seminar at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo.

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David Schnurr presents at Finance P2P seminar

David Schnurr presents at Communitech’s Finance P2P seminar on the topic of “Development and Commercialization Considerations for your United States Intellectual Property Portfolio”.

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David Schnurr presents Intellectual Property law seminar to Entrepreneurship and Strategy students

David Schnurr presents Intellectual Property law seminar to Entrepreneurship and Strategy students at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

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David Schnurr attends 2015 INTA Conference

David Schnurr attends the 2015 International Trademark Association Annual Meeting (INTA 2015) in San Diego, California from May 2 – 6, 2015.

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David Schnurr attends 2016 INTA conference

The 2016 International Trademark Association Annual Meeting takes place in Orlando, FL.

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David Schnurr speaks on intellectual property issues for businesses

David Schnurr speaks at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn Series “Creations of the Mind: How Intellectual Property will make your Business Great”. His presentation covers how businesses can achieve success using IP, the differences between the various...

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David Schnurr attends Intellectual Property conference

David Schnurr attends CIGI’s two-day conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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David Schnurr conducts patent seminar

The seminar is part of the Cancer Research and Technology Transfer (CaRTT) Program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

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Eugene Gierczak and Francisco Marquez-Stricker speak at APEGA Summit

Eugene Gierczak and Francisco Marquez-Stricker present on “How to Effectively Commercialize Your Invention” at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Summit.

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Miller Thomson LLP hosts Banff Venture Forum Workshop

Miller Thomson LLP presents: What Investors Want: Intellectual Property, Technology and Related Due Diligence Issues This event is of interest to investors, entrepreneurs, startups, early stage companies and anyone else seeking to better understand the ownership, protection and commercialization of intellectual...

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Miller Thomson LLP hosts Banff Venture Forum Workshop

Miller Thomson LLP presents: What Investors Want: Intellectual Property, Technology and Related Due Diligence Issues This event is of interest to investors, entrepreneurs, startups, early stage companies and anyone else seeking to better understand the ownership, protection and commercialization of intellectual...

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What You Need to Know About Owning Your Intellectual Property

Miller Thomson and Canada’s Association of IT Professionals host a seminar. Highlights include: Learn from real life examples of problems companies have encountered when they think they own their copyrights, trademarks and patents Understand proper written IP assignments, waivers and...

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Draft Regulations Relating to Signage in Quebec and French Language

On May 4, 2016, the Quebec government followed through on its plan to amend the Charter of the French Language (the “Charter”), publishing draft regulations which require the sufficient presence of French when a trademark in a language other than...

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Software Development and Licensing: What Retailers Need to Know

Every retailer today uses some form of software, whether it be a computer program running on local hardware, a hosted web site or an application running in the cloud or on a mobile device. Unfortunately, many retailers purchase such software...

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Significant Changes to Canada’s Trademark Regime: What you Need to Know

The Canadian government has made changes that will impact almost every aspect of trademark practice in Canada. These changes are contained in two pieces of legislation, Bill C-31 and the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act. The changes make it important to...

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Using Big Data for Targeted Advertising Could Violate Canadian Privacy Law

On April 7, 2015, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ruled in its Report of Findings #2015-001 against Bell, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. The Commissioner ruled Bell’s targeted advertising program violated federal privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic...

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Canadian Anti-Spam Enforcement in Full Swing as Fines Issued

Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay the amount of $150,000 as part of an Undertaking concerning alleged violations of paragraphs 6(1)(a), 6(2)(b) and 6(2)(c) and non-compliance with paragraph 11(1)(b) and subsection 11(3) of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), as well...

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to Intellectual Property

Global Legal Group Ltd.

Chapter on Canada in the 4th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Intellectual Property.

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Registered Trademarks on Signage in the Province of Quebec

International Trademark Association Bulletin

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Federal Court of Canada Rules on Availability of Trademark and Copyright Protection for Metatags

International Trademark Association Bulletin

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Intellectual Property Forum: Current Developments – Canada

Journal of The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

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Big Data-Secrets You Must Know From an IP Lawyer

University Ontario Institute of Technology

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Ezeflow Group acquired by Allied Group in cross-border transaction

Counsel to Ezeflow Group

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Ranir acquires BrushPoint

Counsel to BrushPoint

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Simba Technologies acquired by Magnitude Software in cross-border transaction

IP counsel to Simba Technologies Inc.

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AJB Software Design acquired by VeriFone Systems in US$75 million cross-border transaction

Counsel to AJB Software Design, Inc.

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Harley-Davidson acquires assets of Fred Deeley Imports

Counsel to Harley-Davidson

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IP and IT Law Practice Group Alert

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Intellectual Property (IP) and Information Technology (IT) Law Practice Group Alert

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