Recent Insights

Federal Court Takes Another Look at Protective Orders Federal Court Takes Another Look at Protective Orders

Patent Litigation
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
For years, the Federal Court of Canada (Court) has routinely granted protective orders providing for the handling and protection of documents and information disclosed between the parties during discovery. Recently, the Court has declined to grant such orders, both when sought on consent and when opposed, preferring for parties to rely on common law implied undertakings and contractual arrangements. 
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/federal-court-takes-another-look-at-protective-orders

UK Government Proposes Internet of Things Cyber-Security Law UK Government Proposes Internet of Things Cyber-Security Law

Information Technology
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
On May 1, 2019, the United Kingdom (UK) government announced plans to introduce a new Internet of Things (IoT) cyber-security law.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/uk-government-proposes-internet-of-things-cybersecurity-law

Canada Border Services Seizes Lawyer's Phone and Laptop After Refusing to Provide Passwords Canada Border Services Seizes Lawyer's Phone and Laptop After Refusing to Provide Passwords

Privacy
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
On April 10, 2019, Toronto business lawyer Nick Wright landed at Pearson Airport after a four-month trip abroad.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/canada-border-services-seizes-lawyers-phone-and-laptop-after-refusing-to-provide-passwords

Federal Court Awards $20 Million in an Obituary Piracy Class Action Lawsuit Federal Court Awards $20 Million in an Obituary Piracy Class Action Lawsuit

Copyright
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
On May 1, 2019, the Federal Court (Court) released its decision in Thomson v Afterlife Network Inc, 2019 FC 545, a class proceeding for copyright and moral rights infringement under
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/federal-court-awards-20-million-an-obituary-piracy-class-action-lawsuit

Re:Sound and SOCAN Collaborate to Simplify Music Licensing Re:Sound and SOCAN Collaborate to Simplify Music Licensing

Copyright
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
On May 8, 2019, Re:Sound and SOCAN announced that they are collaborating to form a new joint venture called Entandem. The joint venture aims to simplify performance rights music licensing by creating a single portal for businesses to pay for the licenses they need to publically play music.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/resound-and-socan-collaborate-to-simplify-music-licensing

Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Decision Finding Fracturing Patent Invalid Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Decision Finding Fracturing Patent Invalid

Patent
May 15, 2019May 15, 20192019-05-15
On April 24, 2019, in Packers Plus Energy Services Inc v Essential Energy Services Ltd, 2019 FCA 96, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) dismissed the appeal of Packers Plus Energy Services Inc
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/federal-court-of-appeal-upholds-decision-finding-fracturing-patent-invalid

Events

May 17, 2019

Richard Austin will be moderating a panel titled “AI on the Case: The Legal and Ethical Issues of Using AI-powered Investigatory Tools for Criminal and Civil Matters” at ITECHLAW’s 2019 World Technology Law Conference in Boston.  The conference runs from May 15 to 17 and the conference agenda is available here.  

May 16, 2019

Data breaches are a constant threat in today’s digital world.

October 30, 2018

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