Impending Importance of Patent Office Procedures to Canadian Patent Litigation

By Paula Bremner on December 14, 2016

A recent decision of the Federal Court[1] explicitly and repeatedly criticized a lottery ticket patentee for taking a “remarkable” “breathtaking” position on construction in an infringement action that was “entirely opposite” with prior representations to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”). At the same time, the court refused any inference of a “greater presumption of […]

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Longer Monopolies and Single Legal Proceedings vs. Generics – the Gift of CETA to Canadian Drug Patentees

By Paula Bremner on December 6, 2016

Summary Canadian pharmaceutical patent owners can expect two substantive changes in the next year following implementation of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”)[1]: certificates of supplementary patent protection (“SPC”) of up to two years will be available to compensate for regulatory approval delay; and an overhaul of the Notice of Compliance (“NOC”) […]

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Will Trump Trump Privacy?

By Paige Backman on December 2, 2016

A lot of inflammatory statements were thrown around during the campaign leading up to the U.S. election on November 9, 2016. Policy specifics and plans often took a back seat to comments and discussions not typically associated with U.S. election campaigns. Whether you are a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump or not, I think it’s […]

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7 Ways to Help Your Organization Prevent Costly Data Breaches

By Aaron Baer and Amy Marcen-Gaudaur on December 1, 2016

Businesses spend an estimated $84 billion each year defending their data against cyber-attacks. However, a recent report by Accenture (the “Report”) highlights the stark disconnect between these costly protection measures and their efficacy. The Report is based on the results of a survey conducted by Accenture of 2,000 executives from 12 industries and 15 countries […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules with a Bout of Common Sense in Interpreting Privacy Laws

By Paige Backman on November 17, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) issued a judgment today interpreting Canada’s private sector privacy laws in a manner that was rife with common sense. Privacy laws in Canada have been held by some to impose unnecessary obstacles to traditional, and what some argue are appropriate, business practices. Occasionally, this position is espoused by businesses […]

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Off-Duty Conduct: What Can Happen When Employees Go Viral

By Michael Horvat on November 3, 2016

It seems that a week cannot go by without the news reporting on a seemingly private or embarrassing event that has gone public. With the abundance of cameras in our daily public lives and the instantaneous sharing of information, our actions and statements can be easily broadcast as they happen. Our new “public” life is […]

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Password Misery!

By Don Johnston on October 18, 2016

We all hate passwords. Anyone who says s/he doesn’t is fibbing. I had an experience recently, while at the International Bar Association conference in Washington, that renewed my hatred for passwords. The word “hatred” is inadequate to express how I actually feel about passwords – it’s more like the white-hot radiation of a million simultaneous […]

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“Sport at the Service of Humanity” – Can Sport Change Society?

By Paige Backman on September 29, 2016

World leaders in business, sport and faith will gather at the Vatican from October 5-7, 2016, to discuss how a partnership among these three elements of society can effect positive societal change. The “Sport at the Service of Humanity” conference will be attended by 150 delegates, including Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United […]

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The Future of the Internet: Less “Walking Dead” and More “House of Cards”? The FCC and CRTC Consider Implications of Data Caps and Differential Pricing

By Andreea Andrei and Ken Clark on September 22, 2016

Usage-based pricing plans provide consumers with a fixed amount of monthly data for a set price. Once you reach your data cap for the month, access to data either becomes restricted or extra fees are levied. This system provides a great deal of income for ISPs, particularly from online streaming and video viewing. In Canada, […]

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A&B Lawyer Invited to the Vatican to Participate in Global Conference on Sport and Humanity

By The Spotlight on September 21, 2016

Paige Backman, a partner with the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group and Co-Chair of the Sports & Media Team, has been invited to the Vatican to participate in the first global conference on “Sport at the Service of Humanity.” Paige is a former member of Canada’s national water polo team, is an advisor to international sports organizations, […]

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