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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ten Tech Law Resolutions for 2012

Posted in Consumer Protection, Copyright, E-Commerce, Intellectual Property, Privacy

January is a great time to make some resolutions for the coming year. In addition to the personal ones you have made, here are 10 involving tech issues that are (or should be) important to your organization. 1. Closing the Loop on Open-Source Open-source software code and other types of materials and technical artefacts that are subject… → Read More

Le Baromètre AQT : les résultats d’une enquête sur les conditions du marché et la force du secteur des TIC au Québec

Posted in Intellectual Property, M&A/Finance

Une récente enquête menée auprès des entreprises du secteur des technologies de l’information et des communications (« TIC ») du Québec a révélé des résultats encourageants et a décelé certains obstacles à la croissance et à l’investissement. SOM, pour le compte de l’Association québécoise des technologies (« AQT »), a mené une enquête auprès de 650 entreprises en TIC… → Read More

Canadian Federal Government Revives Amendments to PIPEDA – Part II: Other Changes to Canadian Private Sector Privacy Law

Posted in Privacy

In addition to the breach notification requirement discussed in Part I, Bill C-12 also proposes a number of other smaller amendments to PIPEDA which will be of interest to Canadian businesses. Many of those changes would serve to formalize or clarify existing duties and exceptions under PIPEDA. Here is a quick summary of these other amendments… → Read More

An Early Present for Amazon – Amazon’s One-Click Patent Application Allowed by the Canadian Patent Office

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patents

In a surprising move, less than one month after the much publicized Federal Court of Appeal decision in Canada (AG) v. Amazon.com, Inc., the Commissioner of Patents has allowed Amazon’s “one-click” patent application containing the same claims that were reviewed by the Federal Court of Appeal. As we previously reported, the Federal Court of Appeal… → Read More

Online Brand Protection Strategies – Five Steps to Developing Your Plan

Posted in E-Commerce, Intellectual Property

A company’s brand is a key asset and needs protection both offline and online - so if you haven’t yet embarked on an online brand protection strategy, where do you start? Your trade-mark, or brand name, is what distinguishes you from your competitors. In effect, trade-marks provide a shortcut to get consumers to where they want to go (as described by Mr… → Read More