Monthly Archives: September 2015

Alert: Significant Changes to Canadian Design Law Expected in 2016

Superior visual aesthetics are an important competitive advantage in many market sectors, including fashion, housewares and consumer electronics.

Intellectual property protection has long been available for visual aesthetics, under names such as design patent and design registration; however, it has been cumbersome and expensive to pursue and maintain in multiple jurisdictions. Conventionally, countries have had their own substantive and procedural design regimes, with little harmonization between them. For example, design representations (photographs, line drawings, CAD renderings) required for registration in one jurisdiction might be completely unacceptable in another, thus requiring duplication of effort and expense. 

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Bill C-59 Receives Royal Assent – Certain amendments to the Trade-marks Act, Copyright Act, the Patent Act and the Industrial Designs Act

The above Bill is an omnibus budget bill which also contains the following amendments affecting intellectual property in Canada:

  • Force majeure – Under this provision, extension of time limits in unforeseen circumstances will be allowed. This provision allows the Canadian Intellectual Property Office to extend deadlines in the event of floods, ice storms and other natural disasters so that holders of intellectual property rights can avoid the inadvertent loss of rights in such events.
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Recent Additions to the Technology and Intellectual Property Group

We are pleased to welcome two recent additions to our Technology and Intellectual Property Group: Monica Sharma and Kwan Loh. 

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ILN Today Post

New Indian Wind Resource Atlas Announced

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (“MNRE”), Government of India, through the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous institute of MNRE, has announced the “Indian Wind Resource Atlas : Online GIS”, with a tracking level of 100 metres, using scientific combination of satellite and one of the world’s largest number of measured (1,300 locations ) ground data. The NIWE (formerly C-WET) had released the Indian Wind Atlas at 50m and indicative values at 80m hub heights in April 2010 in collaboration with RISO-DTU, Denmark. 

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Week of August 31, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupOne week from today, we will be underway with the first full day of the ILN’s 2015 European Regional Meeting in Glasgow! Be sure to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #ILNScots

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New Campaign Launched to Protect Drivers in Glasgow

A new Task Force has been set up in Glasgow to raise awareness about potential blind spots and accident prone areas following a rise in the number road traffic accidents in the city.

The major operation will look to reduce the accident and death toll on Glasgow’s roads and will target elderly pedestrians and reckless drivers at major junctions across the city. The dedicated Unit will also see a number of other Officers monitoring other junctions and drivers across the city in the hope to reduce the casualties seen in the last year. 

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Part 3: FTC Updates Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Endorsement Guides

As you know, over the past few weeks, Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Partner Allison Fitzpatrick and I have been discussing the FTC’s updated answers to its FAQs. The following topics will conclude this series: online reviews, employee endorsements, and monitoring. 

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Unions Can Now Use Electronic Signatures for Showing of Interest for NLRB Elections

Unions no longer will need to gather employees’ signatures on authorization cards before they can file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) for a representation election.  General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. has issued Memorandum 15-08 (pdf) announcing that effective immediately unions filing petitions will be allowed to submit and the Board will “accept electronic signatures in support of a showing of interest if the Board’s traditional evidentiary standards are satisfied.” 

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Unions Can Now Use Electronic Signatures for Showing of Interest for NLRB Elections

Unions no longer will need to gather employees’ signatures on authorization cards before they can file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) for a representation election.  General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. has issued Memorandum 15-08 (pdf) announcing that effective immediately unions filing petitions will be allowed to submit and the Board will “accept electronic signatures in support of a showing of interest if the Board’s traditional evidentiary standards are satisfied.” 

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New NLRB Joint Employers Test – Why It Matters For OSHA

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week issued its decision in Browning Ferris Industries (pdf) adopting new standards for determining when a company will be held to be the joint employer of another company’s employees, whether they are leased, temporaries or providing services under their primary employer’s contracts with customers.  My colleagues Allen B. Roberts, Steven M. Swirsky and D. Martin Stanberry explore the new standards and what they mean for employers  in an article published on Epstein Becker Green’s Management Memo

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