Intellectual Property

In today’s knowledge-based economy, intellectual property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets businesses can have. Miller Thomson understands that reality. Our IP practice helps clients protect and defend their IP rights, including their patents, know-how, inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright. We know that businesses require comprehensive legal advice to realize the full potential of their IP assets and to shield against the risk of infringement.

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Three Miller Thomson lawyers appointed to INTA committees for the 2018/2019 term

Miller Thomson’s Lonnie Brodkin-Schneider, Catherine Dennis Brooks and David Schnurr have recently been appointed to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the 2018/2019 term. Catherine Dennis Brooks is appointed to the Public Information Committee, which creates and maintains material on...

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Miller Thomson ranked among Canada’s leading trademark firms in WTR 1000 2017

Miller Thomson is pleased to be ranked among Canada’s leading trademark firms in the 2017 edition of The World Trademark Review (WTR) annual guide, WTR 1000. In its review, WTR praises Miller Thomson’s coast-to-coast coverage via a network of 11 Canadian offices and...

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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 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 interviewed by CBC on human gene patentability

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...

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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 a seminar on Intellectual Property Considerations for Entrepreneurs

David Schnurr presents a seminar entitled “So You Want To Build A Startup? Intellectual Property Considerations For Entrepreneurs” at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Here David will discuss the important role intellectual property plays...

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Lisa Sim presents patents webinar

Lisa Sim presents a webinar on “Understanding Patents in the Academic Environment” as part of GlycoNet’s SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) seminars program.

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David Schnurr presents trademark and advertising law seminar

David Schnurr presents a seminar on new developments in trademark and advertising law at the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

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David Schnurr teaches advanced intellectual property course

David Schnurr teaches the 2017 Advanced Intellectual Property course at Western University Faculty of Law.

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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 IP 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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Calgary’s Disruptor, Unicorn or Castle in the Air Half Day Seminar

James Swanson, Kevin Plowman and Kenneth Phillips host a complimentary and interactive half day seminar on Wednesday, October 25, including an opportunity to share your venture as a case study as they focus on: New business models Legal structures All important IP...

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Edmonton’s Disruptor, Unicorn or Castle in the Air Half Day Seminar

James Swanson, Wayne Logan and Bruce Geiger host a complimentary and interactive half day seminar on Tuesday, October 31, including an opportunity to share your venture as a case study as they focus on: New business models Legal structures All...

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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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Alexandre Ajami is quoted in World Trademark Review blog article on geographical indication (GI) rights

World Trademark Review, "New opportunities for GI protection in Canada; food brands warned to tread carefully"

The article discusses the changes that have been made to Canada’s system of GI rights as a result of amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act. Alexandre Ajami makes predictions as to how these changes will affect filings for GI, in addition to...

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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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David Reive and Karen Durell quoted in The Globe & Mail

The Globe and Mail, "How Canadian companies can protect themselves from fakes, here and abroad"

Sporting a fake down parka that you bought at a flea market may seem like innocent fun, but it’s nothing of the sort to manufacturers and exporters, safety regulators and those whose business depends on protecting intellectual property. It has recently...

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Catherine Dennis Books authors Canadian chapter of trademarks guide

International Comparative Legal Guide to Trade Marks

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.

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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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RYU Apparel closes short form prospectus offering

Counsel to the agent Canaccord Genuity Corp.

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Creative Planogram Company acquired by SRP Companies

Counsel to Creative Planogram Company

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Invictus MD closes $25 million bought deal private placement

Counsel to the underwriters

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Bow Plumbing Group sold to Quebec investors

Counsel to Bow Plumbing Group

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Extended Stay Hotels sells its Canadian hotels in $76 million transaction

Counsel to Extended Stay America, Inc.

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Daseke completes cross-border acquisition of Big Freight Systems

Canadian counsel to Daseke, Inc.

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Invictus MD closes $16.2 million bought deal private placement

Counsel to the underwriters Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Eventus Capital Corp.

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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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Groupe Touchette Inc. acquires assets of Dealer Tire Canada ULC and enters into long-term partnership with Dealer Tire LLC

Canadian counsel to Dealer Tire, LLC

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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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