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Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 21 Jan 2019

Crashing the Internet: Cars, CarGurus and Copyright in the Digital Age

As technology evolves, copyright law has evolved as well. Copyright is a creature of statute and does not exist at common law. Although the statute is


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 30 Nov 2018

Many Changes Afoot for Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Bill C-86

On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86 - an 800-plus page omnibus budget implementation bill that includes changes relating to patents, trademarks and


Bereskin & Parr LLP | USA, Canada | 23 Nov 2018

"Does that TV program or film copy that book?" The Limits of ‘Colourable Imitation’ in Canada

A recent summary judgment of the Federal Court of Canada highlights the fundamental principle that copyright protection does not extend to ideas or


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 31 Oct 2018

Bill C-86 Budgeting for Change: Copyright Part I - Proposed Amendments to the Notice and Notice Regime

On October 29, Canada’s federal government tabled a second budget implementation bill that included a number of provisions relating to intellectual


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 19 Dec 2017

To Sing a Different Tune: Defendant finds out childhood inspiration may lead to copyright infringement

Copyright infringement can be found even without the exact reproduction of the protected work. It can result from an imitation of this work, even if


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 11 Oct 2017

CBSA accepting tips on imports of dangerous counterfeit and pirated goods

On September 13 2017 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 17-27 confirming that the CBSA Border Watch Line accepts


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 21 Aug 2017

Untied tied up United Airlines takes aim at complaint website (Part I)

Criticism or complaint websites, part of the contemporary consumer landscape, raise a host of concerns for trademarks and copyright owners as well as


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 15 Jul 2016

Set Top TV Boxes in the Eye of the Storm Over Copyright Claims

The Internet has made pirated content widely available. But there has been a practical hurdle limiting the distribution of pirated content: the


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 5 Jan 2015

Customs request for assistance regime for counterfeits, expanded definition for trademark infringement, and new criminal sanctions now in force

The provisions relating to the customs "Request for Assistance" procedure in Bill C-8, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, came into force on


Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 5 Jan 2015

Canada takes the battle on counterfeits to its borders

Canadian developments on the anti-counterfeiting front came in fast at the close of 2014, ushering in a customs "Request for Assistance" procedure -

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