IP Osgoode would like to congratulate the winners of the Gowlings Best Blog in IP Law and Technology Prize for 2011-2012. Four prizes in total are awarded each year to Osgoode students. The winning blog posts are featured in the IPilogue. Recipients also receive a $500 award, are announced at Convocation and receive a permanent […]
On May 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Israel gave a landmark decision in Civil Appeal 9183/09 The Football Association Premier League Ltd v John Doe. The Court overturned a controversial decision by Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen of the District Court in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. In that case, Judge Agmon-Gonen used the mechanism of legal transplantation to […]
On June 29, the Federal Court of Appeal allowed in part Imperial Tobacco’s lawsuit against Philip Morris, holding that the appearance of Imperial Tobacco’s packaging was in and of itself a trademark. The full decision may be read here.
The term “value for signals” has been used by the CRTC since their 2010 decision, to stand for a regime where the originating broadcaster of a signal should (possibly) be in the position to recover compensation for the signal that is provided.
On Thursday July 12, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered it's judgements in five major copyright cases. These judgements will shape Canada's copyright law for many years to come.
As members of the international intellectual property community attend the 24th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), they are told to keep the spirit of Beijing alive, referring to the recently concluded Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. However, there is reason to keep another country’s spirit in mind as well. […]
A somewhat confusing victory for Allergan Inc. was won on June 18th, as the Honourable Justice Hughes upheld their patent on COMBIGAN despite the fact that their invention was ruled to be obvious. The Honourable Justice Hughes ruled in favour of Allergan by prohibiting the Minister of Health from issuing a Notice of Compliance (NOC) […]
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. has survived a challenge against its “Display Device” patent by DSM IP Assets B.V. in a ruling by the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) that tries to clarify the law around public disclosure of a patent and the use of email.
Canada has been lobbying to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and its efforts have seemingly paid off with an exclusive invite to the secretive nine-member club on June 19, 2012. With Ottawa championing its economic benefits and potential, there are many asking a simple question – what have we given up?
One of the recent pentalogy of copyright decisions that has forever changed Canadian copyright law is Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2012 SCC 37. The decision focused on the concept of fair dealing, and its application to photocopying books for educational purposes.