Recent Insights

The Government Proposes Patent Act Amendments to Regulate Written Demands The Government Proposes Patent Act Amendments to Regulate Written Demands

Patent
November 14, 2018November 14, 20182018-11-14
On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act (the “Bill”), received its first reading in the House of Commons. The Bill proposes many amendments to various pieces of legislation.
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/government-proposes-patent-act-amendments-to-regulate-written-demands

Bunny Brand Has Its Day in Court Bunny Brand Has Its Day in Court

Trademark
November 14, 2018November 14, 20182018-11-14
On October 29, 2018, in Energizer Brands, LLC v The Gillette Company, 2018 FC 1003, the Court granted in part The Gillette Company (Duracell)’s motion to strike certain allegations from Energizer’s Statement of Claim.
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/bunny-brand-has-its-day-court

Ontario Cannabis Store Privacy Breach Affects Thousands of Recreational Cannabis Buyers Ontario Cannabis Store Privacy Breach Affects Thousands of Recreational Cannabis Buyers

Privacy
November 14, 2018November 14, 20182018-11-14
On November 7, 2018, the Ontario Cannabis Store (“OCS”) announced it had suffered a privacy breach involving approximately 4,500 customers who purchased recreational cannabis online.
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/ontario-cannabis-store-privacy-breach-affects-thousands-of-recreational-cannabis-buyers

Canada Modernizes its Industrial Design Regime to Implement the Hague Agreement Canada Modernizes its Industrial Design Regime to Implement the Hague Agreement

Industrial Design
November 14, 2018November 14, 20182018-11-14
On November 5, 2018, extensive changes to Canada’s Industrial Design Act (Act), Industrial Design Regulations (Regulations) and Industrial Design Practice Manual (Manual), came into effect (previously reported in
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/canada-modernizes-its-industrial-design-regime-to-implement-hague-agreement

Controversial "Mansized" Tissues Pulled from U.K. Stores Amidst Complaints of Sexism Controversial "Mansized" Tissues Pulled from U.K. Stores Amidst Complaints of Sexism

Trademark
November 14, 2018November 14, 20182018-11-14
When searching for a trademark, one should consider all connotations, and potential public outcry, stemming from the use of the mark.  Kleenex learned that lesson first-hand over the last few weeks after their use of the term "Mansize" to describe extra-large tissues faced consumer complaints of being sexist.
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/controversial-mansized-tissues-pulled-from-uk-stores-amidst-complaints-of-sexism

United States Court of Appeals Considers Patent-Eligibility of Spreadsheet Tabs United States Court of Appeals Considers Patent-Eligibility of Spreadsheet Tabs

Patent
October 31, 2018October 31, 20182018-10-31
On October 9, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“the Court”), in Data Engine Techs. LLC v. Google LLC, considered whether the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos.
Deeth Williams Wall http://www.dww.com/articles/united-states-court-of-appeals-considers-patenteligibility-of-spreadsheet-tabs

Events

October 30, 2018

Jennifer Davidson will be moderating a panel on Women in Technology at CAN-TECH's 22nd Annual

October 29, 2018

Richard Austin will be participating in a panel on “Intermediary Accountability in the D

November 24, 2017

Heather Watts will be participating in a panel presentation on Injunction Strategy – Practical Tips for Success on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 11:05 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

The presentation is hosted by The Advocates’ Society at the The Advocates’ Society Education Centre, 250 Yonge Street, Suite 2700, Toronto ON.  The panel discussion is part of an educational program called Winning Injunctions which takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m..  The program will be recorded for a live webcast.