Recent Insights

California Elementary School Fined $250 for Playing “The Lion King” California Elementary School Fined $250 for Playing “The Lion King”

Copyright
February 12, 2020February 12, 20202020-02-12
On February 4, 2020, the Cable News Network (CNN) published a news story about a screening of the movie “The Lion King” that took place at Emerson Elementary School in Berkley, California.  More than two months after the event, the school received an email stating that they had to pay $250 for illegally screening the movie.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/california-elementary-school-fined-250-for-playing-%E2%80%9C-lion-king%E2%80%9D

EU Court Issues Decision on Trademark Invalidity Questions in Sky v SkyKick EU Court Issues Decision on Trademark Invalidity Questions in Sky v SkyKick

Trademark
February 12, 2020February 12, 20202020-02-12
On January 29, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released its decision in Sky v SkyKick (Case C-371/18), finding that a trademark registration covering broad and imprecise goods and services cannot be invalidated on the basis that it is contrary to public policy.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/eu-court-issues-decision-on-trademark-invalidity-questions-sky-v-skykick

Access Copyright’s Innovation Lab to Develop Blockchain Registry for Canadian Visual Artists Access Copyright’s Innovation Lab to Develop Blockchain Registry for Canadian Visual Artists

Copyright
February 12, 2020February 12, 20202020-02-12
The Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens, Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Quebec, Copyright Visual Arts, and Access Copyright are collaborating, by way of Access Copyright’s innovation lab Prescient, to develop a public blockchain registry, named Imprimo.  Imprimo will allow artists to register and enforce their copyright while also ensuring that value and benefit gained i
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/access-copyright%E2%80%99s-innovation-lab-to-develop-blockchain-registry-for-canadian-visual

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Asks Federal Court to Address Facebook’s Privacy Violations Privacy Commissioner of Canada Asks Federal Court to Address Facebook’s Privacy Violations

Privacy
February 12, 2020February 12, 20202020-02-12
On February 6, 2020, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada filed a Notice of Application against Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) with respect to numerous violations relating to Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, SC 2000, c 5 (PIPEDA).
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/privacy-commissioner-of-canada-asks-federal-court-to-address-facebook%E2%80%99s-privacy-violations

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Grants Summary Judgment in Defamation Case against Unnamed Defendants Ontario Superior Court of Justice Grants Summary Judgment in Defamation Case against Unnamed Defendants

Litigation
February 12, 2020February 12, 20202020-02-12
On January 13, 2020, in Theralase Technologies Inc v Lanter, 2020 ONSC 205,  the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) granted summary judgment in a defamation case against a number of unnamed, pseudonymous authors of internet postings.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/ontario-superior-court-of-justice-grants-summary-judgment-defamation-case-against-unnamed

Intellectual Property Protection of Fashion Designs, Presentation by Alessia Monastero Intellectual Property Protection of Fashion Designs, Presentation by Alessia Monastero

Intellectual Property
February 11, 2020February 11, 20202020-02-11
Alessia Monastero discussed the intellectual property protection of fashion designs at a presentation delivered at the firm on February 5, 2020. The presentation addresses how the current forms of Canadian IP protection impact Canada’s fashion sector and differ from IP protection internationally.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/intellectual-property-of-fashion-designs-presentation-by-alessia-monastero

Events

February 12, 2020

Richard Austin and Jennifer Davidson will be discussing accountability and risk in third party relationships in a lecture entitled "Where Does Accountability and Risk Lie in 3rd Party Relationships?" at the Council for Chief Privacy Officers on February 12th in Toronto.

February 5, 2020

Jennifer R. Davidson will be co-chairing CAN-TECH’s upcoming event “The Artificial Inventor? A panel discussion on patenting AI-generated inventions with World-Renowned Professor Ryan Abbott” on February 5, 2020.

The program discusses the global developments in recognizing AI as an inventor for patented inventions. Change-maker Professor Ryan Abbott and other AI thought leaders will provide insights about the DABUS test case, the USPTO call for comments, and other international trends.  

February 4, 2020

Jennifer R. Davidson to co-chair the Ontario Bar Association's Institute 2020 program: The Future of Innovation: Fundamental Shifts in IP and IT Law, on February 4, 2020.

The program discusses how robots, drones, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and emerging technologies are changing the legal landscape in the intellectual property and information technology world.

Join Jennifer as she co-chairs a panel of experts on how these emerging technologies are revolutionizing how we obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property and business interests.