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  • Sale of a Patent at a Loss: Is It Deductible?

    January 8, 2015

    By Alexandre C. Archambault

    How are transactions involving patents treated from an income tax perspective? A recent Tax Court of Canada decision examined whether certain patents were depreciable property for which a terminal loss could be claimed.

    “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax”
    Albert Einstein

     

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  • How About Crowdfunding?

    January 8, 2015

    By Steven Bento

    In 2013 alone, the Internet phenomenon known as “collective financing”, “social fundraising” or “crowdfunding” generated over 5 billion dollars in donations worldwide.

    The Kickstarter platform alone raised over 24 million dollars in Canada2. The data for 2014 has not yet been compiled, but judging from the success of large scale projects such as Coolest Cooler and Oculus VR, Read more ›

  • Warning to All Pirates: Check Your Mailbox!

    January 8, 2015

    By Jean-Sébastien Rodriguez-Paquette

    Canadian Internet users who illegally download content are now even more likely to get a warning notice from their Internet Service Provider (ISP).

    The final provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act came into force in January 2015, thus making official an already widespread voluntary practice: the so-called “notice and notice” regime. Read more ›

  • Thinking of terminating a verbal (franchise) agreement?

    January 8, 2015

    By Steven Bento

    Recently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled on the sensitive issue of the termination of a verbal franchising agreement which, at first glance, made no provisions in this regard.

     The Cases of France v. Kumon

    The case of France v. Kumon pitted Ms. France (hereinafter “France”),

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