CopyrightX 2014 – Online Harvard Law School Course Materials

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take Terry Fisher‘s excellent CopyrightX course, offered online by Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society this year.  I applied last year, but didn’t get in due to popular demand – for the course, presumably, not for my exclusion.  The lectures and discussion groups have just wrapped up, …

Competition Bureau’s Draft IP Enforcement Guidelines Update

On April 2, 2014, Canada’s Competition Bureau released a draft update to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (the “IPEGs”).  I have prepared a comparison of the current IPEGs to the updated version.   I have not had the opportunity to fully consider the changes yet, but they appear at a glance to be relatively minor …

Summary of TM Act changes in “Budget” Bill C-31

On March 28, 2014, Canada’s Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled an omnibus budget implementation bill, titled Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1., or Bill C-31.  The Bill makes very significant and sweeping changes to the Trademarks Act, despite the obvious lack of any connection to the implementation of the budget.  See my previous blog post for …

Big Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law

On March 28, 2014, Canada’s Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled an omnibus budget implementation bill, titled Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1., or Bill C-31.  As has been the habit of this Government, Bill-C-31 makes sweeping changes to nearly 40 pieces of legislation, many of which have tenuous or nonexistent connections to the implementation of the budget. The Trade-marks Act …