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  • Clarity on IP Licenses and Bankruptcy

    By Richard Stobbe As we wrote about a year ago (See: What happens to IP on bankruptcy? ), we have been anticipating amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) relating to IP licenses in cases where the IP licensor becomes insolvent. We now k … Read more »

  • Recent Blockchain-Related Enforcements and Exemptions

    By Richard Stobbe Securities regulators, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), have come down on Canadian blockchain-related (or distributed-ledger technology-based) businesses based on enforcement of traditional securities laws.  Here … Read more »

  • Anne with a © : Copyright infringement and the setting of a Netflix series

    By Richard Stobbe Is there copyright in the setting of a Netflix series? It’s time for a dose of stereotypical Canadian culture, and you can’t do much better than another copyright battle over Anne of Green Gables!  With Sullivan v. Northwood Media Inc., 2019 ONSC 9 (CanLII) we can add to the  long … Read more »

  • Copyright, Obituaries, and $10 million in Statutory Damages

    By Richard Stobbe An obituary aggregation site – yes, there is such a thing – was in the business of reposting obituaries, both text and photos, taken from the sites of Canadian funeral homes and newspapers.  This database of obituaries was a way to attract visitors who could then buy flowers and ‘v … Read more »

  • Craft Beer Trademarks: The Ol’ Cease & Desist

    By Richard Stobbe Local Alberta breweries Elite Brewing (visited, love the carbon fibre bar) and Bow River Brewing have been on the receiving end of a cease and desist letter from the City of Calgary over a beer label for Fort Calgary ISA (a “richly hopped lighter bodied India session ale”). The com … Read more »