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As Canada’s leading franchising, licensing and distribution law firm, with over 20 legal professionals dedicated to the industry, we provide a…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 7 Jan 2022

Economic Duress

For many reasons including the need to control their brands, franchisors exert considerable control over franchisees’ businesses. Usually, that…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 5 Jan 2022

Big Changes to Estate Planning in Ontario Have Arrived

Significant changes to Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act (“SLRA”) and the Substitute Decisions Act (“SDA”), among others, came into force on…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 4 Jan 2022

Ontario Employment Standards Legislation Update: Disconnecting From Work, Prohibition on Non-Competition Agreements & New Gig Worker Entitlements

On December 2, 2021, Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021 came into force in Ontario. Bill 27 updated the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and other…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 14 Dec 2021

Are You Registered? The New Blue Box Scheme and its Impact on Franchisors; An Overhaul of Ontario’s Blue Box System Shifts 100% of Costs on Producers of Packaging

Ontario is fundamentally restructuring its recycling system. Ontario’s municipalities set up the world’s first curbside recycling systems in…
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Sotos LLP | Canada, Global | 16 Nov 2021

Trademark Research and Protection Services

Various amendments to the Trademarks Act (RSC, 1985, c. T-13) (the “Act”) came into force in the summer of 2019. One of these changes is such that…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 11 Nov 2021

New Ontario Tax Disclosure Obligations - Corporate Ownership Tracking Requirements for “Individuals with Significant Control”

According to the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, released on November 4, 2021 by the Minister of Finance, Ontario is proposing…
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Sotos LLP | Canada, European Union, United Kingdom, etc. | 12 Oct 2021

Ai inventors: Do they exist, and does it matter?

Recent cases in five jurisdictions have opined on whether an artificial intelligence system (“AI”) can be an “inventor” in an application for a…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 23 Jul 2021

Your Text is Your Signature: Understanding the Implications of the Edges Contracting v Ghtobi Judicial Decision

In our rapidly expanding technological era, important questions arise on how to properly interpret statutes to accurately reflect technological…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 15 Jul 2021

What do I need to know about using “Cookies” on my website?

A cookie is essentially a small storage unit that gathers data or information about you when you are on a website. Cookies are used to monitor your…
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Sotos LLP | Canada | 7 Jun 2021

Distinctiveness in Registered Trademarks

Registered trademarks are different from common law trademarks where you have rights to trademarks if you can show you have established use and…
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