Recent Insights

OPC Signs Joint Statement on Global Privacy Expectations of Facebook’s Libra Network OPC Signs Joint Statement on Global Privacy Expectations of Facebook’s Libra Network

Privacy
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On August 5, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) signed a Joint Statement with other global privacy commissioners outlining the global privacy expectations of any future Libra, Facebook Inc.’s (“Facebook”) digital currency, digital wallet providers. The signatories of the statement included privacy representatives from seven different jurisdictions.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/opc-signs-joint-statement-on-global-privacy-expectations-of-facebook%E2%80%99s-libra-network

Alberta’s Court of Appeal Finds Claims for Privacy Breaches can be Filed More Than Two Years after Discovering the Breach Alberta’s Court of Appeal Finds Claims for Privacy Breaches can be Filed More Than Two Years after Discov...

Privacy
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On May 13, 2019, in Moore’s Industrial Service Ltd v Kugler, 2019 ABCA 178, the Alberta Court of Appeal (the “Court”) confirmed that the two year limitation period for bringing a civil claim for a breach of privacy does not begin until an order from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the “OPC”) can no longer be appealed.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/alberta%E2%80%99s-court-of-appeal-finds-claims-for-privacy-breaches-can-be-filed-more-than-two

Taco Tuesday Trademark Spices up the Debate Around Enforcing Trademarks in the Social Media Age Taco Tuesday Trademark Spices up the Debate Around Enforcing Trademarks in the Social Media Age

Trademark
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
In July 2019, Wyoming-based restaurant Taco John’s sent a cease-and-desist letter to a local brewery five blocks from the restaurant’s national headquarters regarding their use of the US registered trademark TACO TUESDAY[1].  The cease-and-desist letter is not the first Taco John’s has sent as owners of the registered mark for approximately thirty years, but the letter has sparked some controversy given the recent spotlight upon the phrase thanks to social media.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/taco-tuesday-trademark-spices-up-debate-around-enforcing-trademarks-social-media-age

Artificial Intelligence Files as the Inventor on Patent Applications Artificial Intelligence Files as the Inventor on Patent Applications

Information Technology
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On August 1, 2019, the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom announced that a multi-disciplinary international team led by Ryan Abbott, a professor at the University of Surrey, filed the first ever patent applications that listed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, Dabus AI, as the inventor. Dabus AI created easily graspable containers using fractal geometry, as well as a captivating rhythmic flashing warning light, which mimics brain activity. Patent applications for both these innovations have been filed in the UK, EU, and US.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/artificial-intelligence-files-as-inventor-on-patent-applications

Federal Court Holds Toronto Woman Liable for the Trademark Infringement and Passing Off of Four Well-Known Luxury Brands Federal Court Holds Toronto Woman Liable for the Trademark Infringement and Passing Off of Four Well-Know...

Trademark and Copyright Litigation
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On August 8, 2019, the Federal Court of Canada (the “Court”) held a Toronto woman liable for the trademark infringement and passing off of four established luxury brands.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/federal-court-holds-toronto-woman-liable-for-trademark-infringement-and-passing-off-of

Trump Administration’s Draft Executive Order Will Narrow Liability Protection for Online Hosts of Third-Party User Content Trump Administration’s Draft Executive Order Will Narrow Liability Protection for Online Hosts of Third-P...

Information Technology
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On August 9, 2019, the Trump administration drafted an executive order, entitled “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship”, that would use the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to narrow the protection available to technology companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Act), a part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. 
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/trump-administration%E2%80%99s-draft-executive-order-will-narrow-liability-protection-for-online

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. The question is when, not if, your client is targeted. An organization’s true measure of resiliency from a cybersecurity attack is an effective response that limits unexpected variables. You have a crucial role to play in preparations.

October 30, 2018

Jennifer Davidson will be moderating a panel on Women in Technology at CAN-TECH's 22nd Annual Conference in Montreal on October 30th, 2018.

The conference brochure is available here.