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Monthly Archives: May 2016

U.S. Treasury Issues Marketplace Lending White Paper

Posted in Fintech, Regulatory Compliance

In response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (“Treasury”) July 20, 2015 request for information on online marketplace lending (the “RFI”), Treasury issued its white paper on marketplace lending “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending” (the “White Paper”) on May 10, 2016. The White Paper outlines the risks and potential of this emerging form of credit, makes specific policy recommendations and identifies certain trends for future monitoring.

The White Paper defines marketplace lending as financial services that use “investment capital and data-driven online platforms to lend either directly or indirectly … Continue Reading

B.C. Court Grants Ex Parte Injunction Against Google and GoDaddy and Awards $1.2 Million in Damages in Internet Defamation Case

Posted in Defamation

On May 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of British Columbia handed down its decision in Nazerali v. Mitchell, 2016 BCSC 810, ordering $1.2 million in damages in favour of the plaintiff, Natel Nazerali, who claimed he was defamed by Mark Mitchell, the principal author and publisher of www.deepcapture.com (the “Website”).

This case highlights numerous interesting nuances about defamation law when the Internet is involved; but notably, this case appears to suggest that the Court will not hesitate to grant a permanent injunction, even against big players like Google and GoDaddy.com, for permitting online searches that lead to defamatory … Continue Reading

Competition Bureau to Study Fintech Market

Posted in Fintech, Regulatory Compliance

The Competition Bureau announced on May 19, 2016 that it will launch a market study focused on how innovation in the fintech sector is impacting consumers and businesses, with the results intended to be published in the spring of 2017, seeking to determine whether there is a need for “regulatory reform to promote greater competition while maintaining consumer confidence in the sector.”

The announcement cites a report indicating that Canada appears to be lagging other countries in adoption of fintech as one of the reasons for deciding to study the financial services industry.… Continue Reading

CIALIS® Patent Survives Validity Challenge on Appeal

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patents

Last year we wrote about a trilogy of Federal Court decisions relating to Eli Lilly’s erectile dysfunction (ED) drug CIALIS® (tadalafil).  While Lilly was successful in obtaining a prohibition order in the first proceeding, its latter two applications were dismissed. Mylan appealed the first order, and the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) recently released its decision in Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC v. Eli Lilly Canada Inc., 2016 FCA 119 dismissing Mylan’s appeal.

The FCA’s decision affirms the view that obviousness and obviousness-type double patenting validity challenges require distinct analyses, and that a patent’s disclosure cannot be referenced to vary the … Continue Reading

Recent Ruling Regresses the Federal Court’s Stance on Expert “Blinding” in Canadian Patent Cases

Posted in Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patents

A recent decision of the Federal Court in Allergan Inc. v. Apotex Inc. et al. (2016 FC 344), relating to the drug Gatifloxacin, appears to have regressed the issue of expert “blinding” in patent cases. Expert “blinding” is a relatively recent trend in patent litigation where a litigant intentionally “blinds” its expert witness to certain issues and materials in an effort to afford their opinions a higher degree of credibility. In the Gatifloxacin decision, the Court appears to have endorsed expert “blinding” in patent cases as not only de rigueur but, perhaps necessary; while other recent decisions of … Continue Reading

From Broadcasting to Telecommunications and Everything in Between: Reflections on the Recent New Developments in Communications Law and Policy Conference

Posted in Privacy, Regulatory Compliance, Telecommunications

We recently attended the 18th Biennial National Conference: New Developments in Communications Law and Policy, a national symposium of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Entertainment Media and Communications Law section of the Canadian Bar Association.  This conference is always a stimulating and fascinating opportunity to share thoughts with colleagues in the Canadian communications sector.  This year’s event was no exception.… Continue Reading

Use of trademarks as keywords not infringement, Australia court holds

Posted in Intellectual Property, Litigation, Trade-marks

The purchase of a competitor’s trade-mark as an online advertising keyword is not an infringement, according to a recent Federal Court of Australia decision. In making its finding, the Court in Veda Advantage Limited v Malouf Group Enterprises Pty Limited, [2016] FCA 255 relied on evidence that the keywords were not visible to consumers and were selected and provided to Google by the defendant, rather than being used to identify a trade source. However, use of the trademark in a “sponsored link” in relation to the same services as those of the registered mark was held to be an infringement … Continue Reading

Scathing Judicial Review of Natural Health Product Decision

Posted in Litigation

In The Winning Combination Inc. v. Canada (2016 FC 381), the Federal Court found that Health Canada demonstrated bias, prejudgment and prevented The Winning Combination (“TWC”) from fully and fairly participating in the licensing process. Accordingly, the Court quashed Health Canada’s decisions and awarded TWC full costs.

This was a judicial review of a series of related Health Canada decisions regarding the TWC product Resolve, a smoking cession aid. There is a long history associated with this dispute, involving a convoluted set of decisions by Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate (“HPFBI”) and the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products … Continue Reading

New tariffs on the horizon after CRTC revamps rate-setting process for wholesale broadband Internet services

Posted in Telecommunications

Wholesale rates for broadband Internet services are set to change. This month wholesale broadband providers will file new tariff applications in response to a recent CRTC decision announcing changes to the rate-setting process.  On March 31, 2016, the CRTC announced changes to how it sets rates for wholesale access to broadband Internet services. In Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-117 (the “Decision”) the CRTC made three key changes:

  • It modified how it sets rates for wholesale broadband Internet services. Going forward, wholesale rates will be the same for all Internet speeds within a given range.
  • It adopted new cost assumptions. The CRTC
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