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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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson ranked one of Canada’s leading trademark firms by World Trademark Review

Miller Thomson is proud to be ranked among Canada’s leading trademark firms in the 2018 edition of World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. With 12 offices – and close to 550 lawyers – across the...

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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 recognized with teaching award from Western University

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...

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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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Fraiba Jalal and Luanne Schlosser speak at Square One Small Business Week in Saskatoon

Fraiba Jalal presents “Top 10 Legal Issues for Start Ups” and Luanne Schlosser presents “Marking a Mark: Trademarks in your Business” on October 17. Square One Small Business Week takes place October 15-19, 2018.

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David Schnurr and Inna Koldorf present at Social Media and Internet Law seminar

On October 15, 2018, David Schnurr and Inna Koldorf present at the Social Media and Internet Law: Your Comprehensive Guide program. David Schnurr presents a seminar entitled “Essential Legal Considerations in Cloud Computing“. Inna Koldorf presents a seminar entitled “Workplace issues: Managing...

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Catherine Bate speaks at the Practising Law Institute’s “Global Sweepstakes and Contests” webinar

With the rapidly changing digital landscape, running a global sweepstakes program or contest has become a multifaceted marketing tactic. Join members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance from the USA, Canada, Columbia, Sweden, and Portugal on a panel discussing key...

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Paul Legault guest speaker at a conference on the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement

Under the auspices of the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Bulgaria, Kevin Hamilton, the Faculty of Law of the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the University of Thessaloniki in Greece are hosting the Conference The EU-Canada Free...

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James Swanson chairs the “Advocates’ Society Ontario E-Discovery Institute 2018”

On November 6, 2018, James Swanson chairs the Advocates’ Society Ontario E-Discovery Institute 2018

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David Schnurr participates in IP law career panel at the Western University Faculty of Law

David Schnurr participates in an intellectual property law career panel at the Western University Faculty of Law on February 6, 2018. The panel is organized by the Western Intellectual Property Association.

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David Schnurr hosts Intellectual Property seminar at the University of Waterloo

David Schnurr presents a seminar entitled “So You Want to Build a Startup? Intellectual Property Considerations for Entrepreneurs” at the University of Waterloo on November 20, 2017.

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Lisa Sim speaks on microbiome technologies

Lisa Sim presents “Microbiome Technologies: Protecting the Innovation” at The Gairdner & University of Calgary Symposium on Precision Medicine and the Microbiome.

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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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“Market Close” Cocktail – Artificial Intelligence

Next Miller Thomson’s “Market Close” Cocktail will be on artificial intelligence. Join us for an informal discussion on the latest developments in the Canadian market regarding the emergence and increased prominence of artificial intelligence and the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory...

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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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It’s Official: Mandatory Data Breach Notification Coming on November 1, 2018

Last week, the Government of Canada published an Order in Council that will bring into force, as of November 1, 2018, the much anticipated mandatory breach notification and record-keeping requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”)....

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Privacy Commissioner Gearing Up for Tougher Enforcement

On September 21, 2017, in a press conference following the publication of his 2016-17 Annual Report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act, the Privacy Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) announced his plans to...

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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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The Act to Implement CETA Comes Into Force and Extends Protection to Additional Geographical Indications

Most of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CETA Implementation Act) came into force on September 21, 2017. Among other things, this Act expands protection for geographical indications (GIs) and is of interest for anyone involved...

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules on the Promise of a Patent

On June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its much awaited decision on the so-called “promise doctrine” of patent utility (AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. 2017 SCC 36).  As applied for many years, the promise doctrine had...

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Canada’s Proposed New Trademark Regulations Released for Comment

On June 19, 2017, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released its draft Regulations under Canada’s new Trademarks Act, which received Royal Assent in 2014, but is not yet in force.  A link to the draft Trademark Regulations is available...

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Impression v. Lexmark* – Exhaustion of Patent Rights in the U.S.

In a highly anticipated decision addressing the doctrine of exhaustion of patent rights in the U.S., the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed the U.S. Federal Circuit’s decision and held that a patentee’s sale of a patented product...

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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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International Battery Metals acquires intellectual property related to oil field brine lithium extraction

Counsel to International Battery Metals Ltd.

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GP Strategies acquires IC Axon

Canadian counsel to GP Strategies

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TVA Group to acquire Serdy Média and Serdy Vidéo in $24 million transaction

Counsel to Serdy Média Inc. and Serdy Vidéo Inc.

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White Squirrel Investments acquires Bayview Golf Club

Counsel to White Squirrel Investments Ltd.

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CanLII acquires Lexum

Counsel to CanLII

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Nuera Transport and TexTrail combine to create fastest growing trailer parts distributor in North America

Counsel to Nuera Transport Inc.

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UniPrint.net acquires ePRINTit USA Inc.

Counsel to ePRINTit USA Inc.

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Interaxon Inc. announces US$11.6 million in Series B-1 funding

Counsel to Interaxon Inc.

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ANGLE PLC acquires assets of Axela Inc.

Counsel to ANGLE PLC

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Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution

Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.

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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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