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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 to open-source licensing models are proliferating in your business.  Some of this material is made available under open-source license agreements that are fairly benign.  In some cases, however, the license agreement can be quite problematic, including requiring you to make available to the … Continue Reading

Suing for Snooping – Privacy Intrusion Actionable in Ontario

Posted in Privacy

In Jones v. Tsige, the Court of Appeal for Ontario recently ruled that there is a tort of “intrusion upon seclusion” in this province and awarded $10,000 in damages to a woman whose banking records were surreptitiously accessed by a fellow employee.

Is there is a Tort of Inclusion upon Seclusion in Ontario? Adapting the Law to the Digital Age

In its reasons, the Court of Appeal reflected on technological change and its impact on privacy. In particular, it noted that Internet and digital technology have changed the way we capture, store and retrieve information – we are storing … Continue Reading

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 du Québec comptant entre 4 et 500 employés et a analysé les données recueillies auprès de 495 de ces entreprises. L’enquête était parrainée par Développement économique Canada et McCarthy Tétrault.

Voici un résumé de quelques-uns des résultats clés tirés de l’enquête.… Continue Reading

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 to Bill C-12:

1.  New exemptions for prospective and completed business transactions

In addition to the existing exceptions that allow for use and disclosure of personal information without the consent of individuals to whom the information pertains, Bill C-12 will further allow use … Continue Reading

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 issued its decision on November 24, 2011. The three-judge panel allowed the appeal in part and directed the Commissioner of Patents to resume examination of the patent application on an expedited basis in accordance with the Court of Appeal’s reasons. The parties had … Continue Reading

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 Justice Binnie in the Mattel, Inc. v. 3894207 Canada Inc.) And, hopefully that is leading consumers to you, and not to a cybersquatter, pay-per-click site, or to a site that is trying to defraud your customers.

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