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Ontario Court Recognizes New Privacy Tort: “Public Disclosure of Private Facts” Ontario Court Recognizes New Privacy Tort: “Public Disclosure of Private Facts”

Privacy
February 10, 2016February 10, 2016

On January 21, 2016, Justice Stinson of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released his decision in Doe 464533 v N D, 2016 ONSC 541, finding the defendant liable in tort for posting an intimate video of the plaintiff to a pornography website and showing the video to acquaintances without the plaintiff’s knowledge or consent.  This decision marks the first recognition by a Canadian court of liability in tort for breach of privacy by “public disclosure of private facts”.

Update: Leave to Appeal to SCC in Pharma Cases Update: Leave to Appeal to SCC in Pharma Cases

Patent
February 10, 2016February 10, 2016

Sandoz seeks leave to appeal FCA decision finding authorized generics within PMPRB’s jurisdiction

Opposition Board Considers Effect of Public Domain Use on Trade-mark Distinctiveness Opposition Board Considers Effect of Public Domain Use on Trade-mark Distinctiveness

Trade-mark
February 10, 2016February 10, 2016

In Fédération Étudiante Collégiale du Québec v Drapeau (2015 TMOB 233), the Trade-marks Opposition Board (Board) refused an application to register a trade-mark consisting of a red square on which is pinned a gold safety pin (the mark).  The application was opposed by Fédération Étudiante Collégiale du Quebec (Fédération), which argued that the mark was not distinctive as it had been used extensively by third parties as a symbol of revolutions, demonstrations and protests.

Associated Press and Photographer Sued for Selling Photograph of Person as a Stock Photo Associated Press and Photographer Sued for Selling Photograph of Person as a Stock Photo

Privacy
February 10, 2016February 10, 2016

On December 16, 2015, Fifi Youssef was photographed by photographer Mark Lennihan while looking down at her cellphone in a Starbucks.  Youssef was wearing a hijab.  The photo was subsequently made available for license on the Associated Press (AP) website as a stock image and classified by the keywords “hijab”, “Muslim” and “Islam”.  On December 21, 2015 the Washington Post licensed the photo and used it in a piece entitled

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DWW Ranked Top 10 IP Boutique by Canadian Lawyer Magazine for 2016-17 DWW Ranked Top 10 IP Boutique by Canadian Lawyer Magazine for 2016-17

January 8, 2016
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DWW Ranked in 2016 Chambers Canada Guide DWW Ranked in 2016 Chambers Canada Guide

December 1, 2015
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Doug Deeth, Amy-Lynne Williams and Michael Erdle named in 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Doug Deeth, Amy-Lynne Williams and Michael Erdle named in 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

September 16, 2015
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Marijo and Amy-Lynne Listed in Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015 Marijo and Amy-Lynne Listed in Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015

September 9, 2015
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