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
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
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