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Pour a Glass of Trademarks

Canada - December 7 2018 In time for the holidays, this is a tale of competing brands sloshing around the marketplace. Please enjoy responsibly. Diageo North America, Inc. is...

How do “Smart Contracts” Fit With “Traditional Contracts”?

Canada - October 31 2018 A “smart contract” is really a set of computer programs designed to automatically execute certain transaction steps, provided certain conditions are...

Hashmarks: Can a Hashtag be a Trademark?

Canada - October 1 2018 Through its automatic web of connections, the humble hashtag has been repurposed: it's now associated with the cachet of internet fame. In social...

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Trade dress updates: “beauty” does not cut it

USA - May 20 2015 A recent decision of the US Federal Court (see: Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. May 18, 2015) reviewed the jury decision in Apple's...

Patent licensee’s standing to sue for infringement

USA, Canada - May 12 2015 Although you might not think so, given the proliferation of litigation, courts are actually very particular about who can bring a lawsuit. In order...