ILN Today Post
June 8, 2011
Pharmaceutical companies can no longer rely on copyright litigation tactics to prevent generic medicines entering the market
By Alexia Marinos of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney
Australian consumers, doctors, pharmacists, health professionals and generic suppliers of medicine are set to benefit as originating pharmaceutical companies can no longer use copyright of product information to delay or prevent generic medicines entering into the market. read more…
June 3, 2011
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has announced a rotating postal strike in Canada. If the Union and Canada Post do not reach an agreement, it is likely that the strike will escalate. A full strike will mean that mail will not be delivered in Canada, including outgoing correspondence from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”).
While CIPO has a policy to ensure that correspondence may be delivered to CIPO and its designated establishments throughout Canada, it does not have a policy or plans to deal with outgoing correspondence to trademark applicants/owners and their agents. Consequently, if the postal stike carries on for an extended period there may be some adverse consequences for trademark applicants/owners if they or their agents are not taking alternate or additional steps to monitor applications/registrations for any correspondence issued by CIPO with respect to same during the strike.
May 30, 2011
The final round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is about to kick off here in Vancouver, with the hometown Canucks facing off for the first time ever in the playoffs against the storied Boston Bruins. Perhaps not surprisingly, local businesses in Vancouver are looking to capitalize on this historic event in different ways.
For example, the Vancouver Province is reporting that the Boston Pizza chain has temporarily (and wisely) rebranded itself as Vancouver Pizza, for the duration of the series.
May 26, 2011
Following up on a couple of earlier posts on this topic, the Supreme Court of Canada has this morning handed down its decision
in the Masterpiece, Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles, Inc. case. This decision has been long awaited as it appears to put to rest a critical issue in relation to the assessment of confusion in the context of who is entitled to registration of a mark in Canada.
First, a recap of the basic facts. Alavida obtained a registration of the mark MASTERPIECE in Canada for use in association with various real estate related services. Masterpiece, Inc. didn’t oppose Alavida’s application, but instead sought to expunge Alavida’s registration, after it issued, on the basis, among other things, that Masterpiece, Inc. had used the same or a similar mark in Canada in association with the same or similar services, prior to Alavida’s application being filed and prior to Alavida’s use of the mark in Canada.
May 18, 2011
Today, we held our annual luncheon at the INTA conference for ILN members. I always enjoy this lunch because I get to meet and reconnect with attorneys who are not necessarily attendees of our Regional and Annual Meetings.
May 2, 2011
Joel B. Rothman
Joel Rothman, a partner in our West Palm Beach office, recently co-chaired and spoke on developments in Copyright Law at the 2nd Annual Florida Intellectual Property Symposium in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Rothman chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, the sponsor of the event. Mr. Rothman gave the “2011 Copyright Law Update” to attendees at the Symposium.
May 2, 2011
RSS takes great pleasure in announcing the arrival of Me Richard Uditsky, an expert in Intellectual Property. With more than 35 years of experience in the negotiation and preparation of different types of commercial contracts as well as litigation on issues relating to trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and patents, Me Uditsky gets to the heart of the issue. As a skilled litigator, he has pleaded before the Federal Court, Federal Appeal Court and the Superior Court of Quebec. To learn more about Me Richard Uditsky and his services, please consult his profile.
May 2, 2011
RSS takes great pleasure in announcing the arrival of Me Richard Uditsky, an expert in Intellectual Property. With more than 35 years of experience in the negotiation and preparation of different types of commercial contracts as well as litigation on issues relating to trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and patents, Me Uditsky gets to the heart of the issue. As a skilled litigator, he has pleaded before the Federal Court, Federal Appeal Court and the Superior Court of Quebec.
To learn more about Me Richard Uditsky and his services, please consult his profile.
March 17, 2010
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