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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Technological neutrality, technological neutrality, technological neutrality: CBC v SODRAQ

Posted in Copyright

The Supreme Court released a landmark judgment yesterday in the closely watched case, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v. SODRAC 2003 Inc., 2015 SCC 57. The 7-2 judgment of the Court was delivered by Rothstein J (with whom McLachlin C.J., Cromwell, Moldaver, Wagner, Gascon and Côté JJ agreed).

The judgment established the following principles.… Continue Reading

BC Government Announces New Tech Strategy and $100 million Venture Fund

Posted in Startups

The Province of BC announced today the launch of a new BCTECH Strategy aimed at supporting growth in the tech sector, creating jobs and strengthening a diverse economy.

The first pillar of the comprehensive BCTECH Strategy is a focus on capital, including a $100 million venture fund announced today. The BC Tech Fund will provide access to more capital for BC’s entrepreneurs and technology start-ups, in particular at the early venture capital stage, enabling them to bridge the gap between seed and angel financing and later stage growth capital.  … Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal — Canada: Technology Media & Telecommunications Analysis 2015

Posted in Awards and Recognitions

We are pleased to report that McCarthy Tétrault partners Charles Morgan, Barry Sookman and George Takach have been listed as three of the most highly regarded Canadian TMT lawyers in this year’s International Who’s Who Technology Media & Telecommunications, more than any other Canadian firm. Additionally, Grant Buchanan, Hank Intven, Daniel Logan and Peter Grant were also recognized as leaders in their field. With seven listed lawyers, the firm is at the top of the analysis for this work in Canada.

Each year, Who’s Who Legal identifies the foremost legal practitioners in 46 areas of business law and included … Continue Reading

CRTC Executes CASL Warrant as Part of Botnet Take-down

Posted in Anti-Spam

On December 3, 2015, the CRTC issued a release announcing its first-ever execution of a warrant under the Canadian anti-spam law (commonly known as “CASL”), as part of a coordinated international effort to disrupt a major botnet family.

The effort also involved law enforcement and cybersecurity authorities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as well as Microsoft and other private sector actors including ESET.

The target botnet family, known as “Dorkbot”, can be exploited to capture personal information (particularly passwords) from users of compromised PCs, to send out spam, or to participate in distributed denial of service … Continue Reading

Every Innovative Company Needs an IP Strategy

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patents

Behind every successful innovation strategy is a sophisticated intellectual property strategy. Intellectual property is the currency of innovation:  it is a tradable that can be used to lend credibility to innovation programs, allow freedom to operate, provide access to third-party technology and ward off infringement actions.

Innovation is accelerating in almost every sector of the economy – banking, telecommunications, retail,  and services. Customers, especially Millennials, are hungry for the next new technology that will make their lives easier and the customer experience more enjoyable. At the same time, customers are less loyal than ever, since digitization gives them a tremendous … Continue Reading