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  • Impact of the decision involving the Best Buy, Costco, Wal-Mart (et al.) trade-marks

    October 1, 2015

    Legislative changes to come affecting trade-marks registered in a language other than French

    Changes are to be expected for those who own trade-marks which are in a language other than French and carry business in Quebec. Further to a decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal, which we discussed in an article in our Spring 2015 newsletter, Read more ›

  • Language requirements in Quebec: A few rules to keep in mind

    October 1, 2015

    By Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen and Catherine Bergeron

    Businesses operating in Quebec must comply with various French language requirements. As a general rule, product packaging, marketing and promotional materials (including websites), public signs and commercial advertising, as well as corporate names and business names must be in French, subject to some permitted translations in other languages. Read more ›

  • Useful and Non-Obvious News – Fall / 15

    October 1, 2015

    By Adam Mizera

    Trans-Pacific Partnership : Potential IP Consequences in Canada

    On October 5, Canada successfully concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with  the US,  Mexico, Japan, Australia, and 7 other member nations (but not China). Although the new multilateral trade agreement has not been made public, a technical summary on provisions relevant to intellectual property issues in Canada has been prepared by the Canadian government and is accessible on the following link.

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  • Four new Professionnals Join ROBIC

    October 1, 2015

    ROBIC is happy to introduce its four new professionals, three in Montreal and one in Quebec.

    Marielle Doyon specializes in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and in providing validity, infringement, freedom to operate and patentability opinions, particularly in the field of chemical engineering and life sciences.

    She completed a chemical engineering degree from Université Laval in 2004. Read more ›

  • Not All Bikes Are Born Equal

    October 1, 2015

    By Julien Perron-Piché

    Counterfeiting affects a wide range of manufactured products, and more particularly luxury products. The high performance bicycle industry, a niche industry, has been increasingly faced with a great increase in counterfeiting. Surprised? Here are various factors that are causing this emergence of counterfeiting in an industry that we thought spared until recently.

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  • Getting the Most Out of a Patent: Law on Post Expiration Royalties

    October 1, 2015

    By Justin Freedin

    When negotiating a licensing agreement, an important aspect to address is the duration of the agreement; both parties have an interest in knowing precisely when their business arrangement begins and when it ends. In a patent license, licensors may want to collect royalties for the longest period possible in order to get the most out of their patent.

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  • LinkedIn: To Be or Not to Be Linked, That is the Question

    October 1, 2015

    By Marcel Naud

    With more than 364 million users, the business networking site LinkedIn can provide access to information that was previously less readily available, regarding a worker’s professional relationships, as well as his/her role and responsibilities within the context of a business.

    Several executives wonder to what extent such information published by their employees about themselves – or collected and accumulated on LinkedIn with regard to customers and suppliers (and those individuals who provide such services) within the context of their work – may constitute information that they would rather have kept from being publicized to preserve its confidentiality,

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  • Welcome to Equity Crowdfunding !

    October 1, 2015

    By Vincent Bergeron

    “Equity crowdfunding is now allowed in Canada and adapted to start-up companies in Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.”

    Companies looking for financing on crowdfunding portals can quickly become the darlings of eager to invest internet users with just a few clicks. The snowball effect that sets in can later lead to significant and,

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