Recent Insights

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Publishes Draft Guidelines for Consultation Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Publishes Draft Guidelines for Consultation

Patent
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On November 21, 2019, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) published draft Guidelines for consultation.  The draft Guidelines are intended to give effect to recent amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations (Regulations). 
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/patented-medicine-prices-review-board-publishes-draft-guidelines-for-consultation

Canada’s First Site-Blocking Order is Challenged Canada’s First Site-Blocking Order is Challenged

Copyright
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On November 15, 2019, the Federal Court of Canada (Court), in Bell Media Inc v GoldTV.Biz (2019 FC 1432), issued Canada’s first site-blocking order.  The order sought by various Canadian broadcasters, including Bell Media Inc, Rogers Media Inc and Groupe TVA Inc (collectively, Plaintiffs), requires eleven Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to certain websites hosting unauthorized content. 
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/canada%E2%80%99s-first-siteblocking-order-challenged

Australia Proposes Internet of Things Cyber-Security Law Australia Proposes Internet of Things Cyber-Security Law

Security
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On November 19, 2019, the Australian government released a draft code of practice (Code) for securing the Internet of Things for consumers (IoT).  The Code will undergo a period of public consultation before coming into force on March 1, 2020.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/australia-proposes-internet-of-things-cybersecurity-law

ICANN Calls for More Transparency in .ORG Sale ICANN Calls for More Transparency in .ORG Sale

Domain Names
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On December 9, 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it is seeking additional information about the proposed .ORG registry sale from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital.  Under the .ORG Registry Agreement, the Public Interest Registry (PIR) must obtain ICANN’s prior approval before any transaction that would result in a change of control of the registry operator.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/icann-calls-for-more-transparency-org-sale

Alberta Court Grants Corus Entertainment an Interlocutory Injunction Preventing Edmonton Radio Broadcaster from Using the POWER Name Alberta Court Grants Corus Entertainment an Interlocutory Injunction Preventing Edmonton Radio Broadcaste...

Trademark
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On November 18, 2019, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) released its decision in Corus Radio Inc v Harvard Broadcasting Inc, 2019 ABQB 880, granting Corus Radio Inc and Corus Entertainment Inc (collectively, Corus) an interlocutory injunction prohibiting Harvard Broadcasting Inc (Harvard) from using the word “POWER” with respect to its radio broadcasting business.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/alberta-court-grants-corus-entertainment-an-interlocutory-injunction-preventing-edmonton

Fortnite Game Creator Goes on the Offensive Fortnite Game Creator Goes on the Offensive

Copyright
December 11, 2019December 11, 20192019-12-11
On December 6, 2019, Epic Games Inc (Epic Games), the creator of the game Fortnite, filed a complaint against US comedian and musician, Matt Geiler (Geiler), seeking a declaration that Fortnite does not infringe Geiler’s copyright or trademark rights in a “Dancing Pumpkin Man” character.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/fortnite-game-creator-goes-on-offensive

Events

November 21, 2019

Jennifer R Davidson will be co-chairing CAN-TECH’s Women in Technology’s event "Disrupting Bias — Overcoming Our Discomfort with Differences" with award-winning life coach and author Ritu Bhasin, in Toronto on November 21, 2019. The discussion takes an in-depth look at how we can build more diverse and inclusive environments within the tech sector.

November 19, 2019

Richard Austin will be speaking on “Third Party Contracts: How Well Are You Protecting Client/Confidential Information in the Hands of Your Third Party Providers Inside and Outside Canada?” at INFONEX's Legal Issues in Privacy & Cyber Security conference in Toronto on November 19, 2019.

October 28, 2019

Jennifer Davidson will be moderating the Microsoft Women in Tech Luncheon Panel on "Leaders in Tech: Building Dynamic Inclusive Cultures" at CAN-TECH's 23rd Annual Conference in Toronto on October 28th, 2019.