Trademark Lawyers And Celebrity Culture

Erika Murray Patents

Being a public persona is hard work and often involves the help of a diligent trademark lawyer. In the United States, some of the most talked-about celebrities have been employing the help of trademark lawyers to protect their name – and the lucrative business that comes with the brand – …

Identifying gaps in fostering tech commercialization

Erika Murray Expert Insights, Intellectual Property, Patents

Incubators and accelerators are helping start-up companies across the country, but Toronto intellectual property lawyer Erika Murray suggests more can be done to support tech entrepreneurs in their quest to innovate and commercialize. “The company start-up process involves creativity and some kind of ingenuity,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “It starts with …

SCC Renders Decision Against Google

Erika Murray Patents

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling ordering search engine giant Google to remove the web pages of a company found to be duplicating a technology firm’s products will have a global impact, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Erika Murray. “The unprecedented decision will have implications for IP (intellectual property) holders around the world and online …

3 Things Every Trademark Search Needs to Cover

Shadi Nasseri Patents

A trademark search is an effective way of seeing the listings of existing trademarks in Canada. Given there are thousands of trademark applications per year and growing, this can seem a little daunting. Luckily, there are many ways to conduct a search starting with preliminary online tools. For a more …

The Dos and Don’ts of Registered Trademarks

Erika Murray Patents

When you think of trademarks, what comes to mind? Probably an assortment of symbols, each evoking a particular large company brand identity with its respective qualities. The value of these associations is obvious. Certainly, one role of a trademark is to represent this defining aspect of branding – i.e. trademarks …

How Startups Can Create Value from Filing Patent Applications

Marc Lampert Patents

Uber has quickly risen from an early stage controversial disruptor to a household name. Uber has transformed the delivery of personal transportation and is one of several companies on the verge of bringing autonomous vehicles to the masses. When Uber was a startup, its goal was to put intracity travel …

The Benefits of an Early Patent Search

Erika Murray Patents

Are you working on a new technological invention or innovating upon an existing technology? Creative development requires a lot of time and financial resources, and it’s attached to a string of demands and details that need constant attention. While the logistics that go into your technological development are highly important, …

Starting Your Patent Journey on the Wrong Foot: Why to be Cautious about Filing a Weak U.S. Provisional Application

Marc Lampert Expert Insights, News, Patents

In the Canadian startup community, a common and perpetuated piece of advice given to entrepreneurs is to self-file their initial patent application. Often, this advice involves self-filing a United States provisional patent application. Due to the lack of formal examination of provisional applications, entrepreneurs can file these types of applications without …

How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem – Patents

Erika Murray Expert Insights, Patent, Patents

By: Robert Tremblay IP protection strategies are certainly not ‘one-size-fits-all’, but rather depend to a significant extent on a company’s motivations, technological focus and budget. In this article series, we will explore innovative strategies to encourage the development of innovation ecosystems, both from within a company and by leveraging third-party …