On March 22, 2018, the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. The STRONGER Patents Act seeks to strengthen the United States’ patent system, and also to stem abusive demand letters sent in bad faith.
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On March 26, 2018, Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (the Commissioner), announced that his office has launched a formal investigation into allegations of data sharing by Facebook in a scandal that has shaken the trust of many of Facebook’s users.
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On March 22, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal (Court) published its decision in The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, Operating as Access Copyright v Canada, 2018 FCA 58, dismissing Access Copyright’s application for judicial review of a decision by th
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The plaintiff in Andrew Collett v. Northland Art Company Ltd, Mr Collett, is a professional photographer who specializes in works of natural photography. The defendants, Northland Art Company Canada Inc and Bremner Fine Art Inc (Northland), had a business relationship with Mr Collett, selling prints of his artwork to consumers and resellers.
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On February 27, 2018, in Rentmeester v Nike, Inc, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Court) affirmed the dismissal of a copyright infringement action brought by a photographer, Mr Jacobus Rentmeester, against Nike, Inc.
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On March 2, 2018, in Spanski Enterprises, Inc v Telewizja Polska, SA, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the Court of Appeals) affirmed the lower court decision holding a foreign broadcaster liable for copyright infringement for allowing viewers in the US to stream the copyrig
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On March 5, 2018, the US District Court for the Northern District of California (Court) released its decision in in Immersion Corp v Fitbit, Inc, partially granting Fitbit’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit.
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On February 27, 2018, the Washington State Senate passed Substitute House Bill 2282, “An Act Relating to Protecting an Open Internet in Washington State.” The law implements, at the state level, the net neutrality regulations repealed by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 14, 2017.
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On February 20, 2018, Bell Canada (Bell) received their latest victory in combatting alleged copyright infringement through the use of KODI media players loaded with software used to enable unauthorized access to copyrighted content (our E-TIPS® coverage of earlier decisions can be found here and
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On February 21, 2018, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) issued its decision in Randy River Inc v Mint Accessories Inc, (2018 ONSC 1215) granting judgment in favour of Randy River Inc (Randy River) for trademark infringement by Mint accessories In
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On February 10, 2018, Health Canada published proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette Part I that would make additional significant changes to food labelling in Canada (the Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Food and Drugs Act, see
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On February 12, 2018, the Government of Canada published proposed Trademark Regulations (the Proposed Regulations) for consultation. The Proposed Regulations implement legislative amendments to the Trademarks Act passed in 2014 and 2015, which are not yet in force, and largely deal with compliance with the requirements of the Madrid Protocol, Singapore Treaty and Nice Agreement. The 30-day consultation period for the Proposed Regulations will end on
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