IPIC recommends "Innovation Box" in Pre-Budget Consultations
by Adam M. Tracey on August 23, 2016
The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (“IPIC”), Canada’s professional association representing intellectual property practitioners across the country, has formally submitted recommendations for “fostering a culture of innovation” to Canada’s Minister of Finance. The submission was made in the months leading up to announcement of the federal Liberal government’s second budget under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership.
Privilege For Patent And Trademark Agents Now Effective In Canada
by Blog Editor on August 12, 2016
Canada’s intellectual property regime has been significantly improved by virtue of amendments to the Canadian Patent Act and Trade-marks Act, affording statutory privilege between intellectual property owners and their patent and trademark agents. Effective June 24th, 2016, these amendments ensure that client disclosures relating to obtaining intellectual property rights are full and frank, unencumbered by concerns as to whether confidential information should be disclosed.
Upcoming Changes to Trademark Fees in Canada
by Adam M. Tracey on July 4, 2016
As has been well reported both here and across the Internet, Canada has recently passed significant changes to both its patent and trademark laws that will likely come into full effect sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.
From the trademarks perspective, these changes are highly substantive in nature and will effect significant changes to the way registered trademarks are obtained and maintained in Canada.
World Industrial Design Day
by Taiji Yoshino on June 27, 2016
Wednesday, June 29th is World Industrial Design Day! First declared in 2007 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), it is a day to promote awareness of the industrial design industry.
The Ins and Outs of NDAs
by Adam M. Tracey on June 15, 2016
My new clients regularly ask me a question that goes something like this: “I am talking with a potential business partner who I am really excited to work with. Should I ask them to sign an NDA before I tell them about my idea?”
The unspoken corollaries to this initial question are: Will a seasoned businessperson be offended by the implication that a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) is even necessary? What happens in the event that the terms of the NDA are breached? Do these agreements have any legal force and effect?