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Amendments to the Patent Act in response to COVID-19

Co-authored by: Eliane Leal da Silva, Business Advisor In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in consideration of the public health emergency, on March 25, 2020 the Federal Government of Canada enacted Bill C-13, amending numerous statutes and regulations, including...

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COVID-19 & IP Offices

Just as other sectors are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, so are intellectual property offices around the world (“IP Offices”). The measures that some IP Offices are enacting include providing extensions for some due dates to account for disruption caused...

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RegTech: How Technology Can Revolutionize Compliance

Highly regulated industries, such as the financial services industry, have faced ever increasing regulatory compliance obligations. Technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), that can be utilized to innovate the manner in which these organizations operate can lead to additional challenges...

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New Patent Laws for Canada: The Next Step in Canada’s IP Modernization Project

Over the past several months, many of the Canadian intellectual property laws have been amended to comply with international treaties. Such treaties include the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty, the Nice Agreement, the Patent Law Treaty and the Hague Agreement....

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Carrots or Sticks: New Laws for Missed Patent Maintenance Fees

For several years, Canadian legislators have been engaged in a project to modernize Canadian intellectual property laws and ensure compliance with Canada’s treaty obligations. The latest step in this modernization initiative involves amendments to the Canadian patent laws. Upcoming changes...

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Myron Mallia-Dare quoted in CBA article on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the legal industry

CBA/ABC National, "Between fear and hype"

As yesterday’s science fiction quickly becomes today’s reality, society is left struggling with the practical applications of the new tools and possibilities. Given the disruption already witnessed in other sectors, the question that inevitably surfaces is how much tools based...

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The Countdown to June 17, 2019 is On: Act Now to Protect Your Trademark Portfolio and Save Money before Canada’s New Trademark Regime Takes Effect

On June 17, 2019, the long-awaited changes to Canada’s trademark regime will take effect. The key changes were highlighted in our previous IP alerts published November 22, 2018, June 22, 2017, October 26, 2015 and June 23, 2014. In light of these...

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Brexit: IP Contingency Plans for a Hard Exit

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the UK House of Commons soundly rejected the “soft” Brexit deal negotiated with the EU over the past two years, and with just 10 weeks remaining until the March 29, 2019 Brexit deadline, it appears...

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The Date is Set – Canada’s New Trademark Laws Take Effect on June 17, 2019: What You Can Do Now to Prepare

By Order In Council Number 2018-1329 issued by the Canadian Privy Council Office, Canada’s long-awaited trademark regime changes are now set to take effect on June 17, 2019. The trademark regime changes represent the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark...

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How Smart is Your Contract? Legal Considerations Around Smart Contracts

Ontario Bar Association Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law section

In a 2016 report[1] by the World Economic Forum, it was suggested that smart contracts based on blockchain technology could potentially codify financial agreements in a shared platform and guarantee execution based on mutually agreed conditions. This would significantly reduce manual...

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COVID-19 Resources

We have written on a variety of topics to help identify the pertinent issues, understand the legal implications, minimize risk exposure and manage legal obligations.

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