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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Responding to Threats of Patent Infringement

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patents

Patent disputes have proliferated in Alberta.  As the economy has levelled-off in recent years, patentees have increasingly sought to enforce patents as part of their business strategy.  Threats of patent infringement have proliferated and infringement actions have been filed in all Courts, particularly the Federal Court.  Companies in the oil and gas sector must be ready to respond quickly and properly to the threat of patent infringement.

On March 27, we met with in-house counsel and other industry leaders at our Calgary office to discuss effective responses to threats of patent infringement.  By taking the 10 steps outlined below, … Continue Reading

ICANN’s Trademarks Clearinghouse Opens For Business

Posted in Intellectual Property, Trade-marks

With the launch of the Trademarks Clearinghouse, brand owners can now stake their territory In the brave new world of expanded generic top level domain names (“gTLD’s”).  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), the non-profit organization that manages and coordinates the system of domain names and IP addresses used on the internet, has put into operation what it calls “the most important rights protection mechanism built into ICANN’s new gTLD program”.

The Trademarks Clearinghouse (“Clearinghouse”), which is operated by Deloitte and IBM, is a centralized database of information submitted by brand … Continue Reading

CRTC Reports on CASL Consultation

Posted in E-Commerce

On February 25, 2013 the CRTC staff held an informal consultation with industry and consumer groups following the October 2012 release of CRTC’s guidelines regarding the interpretation of its CASL regulations (the “Consultation”) (To read a more detailed analysis of the Guidelines issued by the CRTC, see our related post on this topic).  On April 3, 2013, the CRTC published a brief report describing the discussions that took place during the Consultations.

The objective of the Consultation “was to facilitate a focused conversation and gather useful information regarding issues that businesses and consumer groups foresee when CASL comes into … Continue Reading

Cour suprême : Interception de textos auprès d’un fournisseur de services de télécommunications

Posted in E-Discovery

R. c. Société Telus Communications est un autre exemple jurisprudentiel intéressant de l’application du droit général à la protection contre les fouilles, les perquisitions et les saisies abusives garanti par l’article 8 de la Charte canadienne en fonction du progrès technologique.

La Cour suprême a dû se prononcer sur la validité d’un mandat général obtenu par la police pour mettre la main, de manière prospective, sur des messages textes (« textos ») auprès d’un fournisseur de services de télécommunications, soit Telus. Il s’agit d’un appel d’une décision de la Cour supérieure de justice de l’Ontario.

À titre de précision préliminaire, … Continue Reading