On August 24, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice on cryptocurrency offerings that sets out the CSA’s view on initial coin and token offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges (online exchanges that allow individuals to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat currency or other cryptocurrencies), and cryptocurrency investment funds (investment funds set up to invest in
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In Matt Hosseinzadeh v. Ethan Klein and Hila Klein, the US District Court of the Southern District of New York (Court) found that a video of critical commentary of a creative video posted on YouTube constituted fair dealing.
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On August 8, 2017, the Federal Court of Canada (FC) awarded costs totalling almost $4.4 million to Dow Chemical Company (Dow) for the remedies phase of a patent infringement action in Dow Chemical Company v Nova Chemicals Corporation (2017 FC 759
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On July 24, 2017, Google Inc. filed a suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking to block enforcement in the US of the worldwide interlocutory injunction (the “Canadian Order”) that was recently upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Internet giant, asserting its role as an “innocent bystander”, claims in its suit that the Canadian Order limits the information an American company (i.e.
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The Government of Canada has published substantive amendments to the Patent Rules for public consultation. The public consultation will be available until September 8, 2017. Publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I is expected to take place in early 2018, with publication in Part II in late 2018. If this schedule is adhered to, the amended Rules could come into force as early as 2019.
Proposed changes include:
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On July 14, 2017, Health Canada released the Therapeutic Products Directorate Statistical Report 2016/2017 for the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and Data Protection (the Report). The Report provides a statistical overview of Health Canada’s administration of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (PM(NOC) R
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On June 15, 2017, the Trademarks Opposition Board (the Board) issued its decision in Western Water Farms & Gardens Inc v 378715 BC Ltd, 2017 TMOB 71, an opposition to the registration of the trademark NUTRILIFE and Design (the Mark). The main issue in this proceeding was the ownership of the Drip Man Design, which was included as a portion of the Mark.
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Two recent decisions under the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP) demonstrated that a claimant is not prevented from obtaining the transfer of a Canadian domain name by virtue of receiving an initial unfavourable decision in respect of the domain name.
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