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When Culture And Copyright Clash In An UGGly Lawsuit

Erika MurrayNews, trademarks

The “Ugg” phenomena took North America by storm when Oprah Winfrey first endorsed the Ugg boots  – furry, cozy, shaggy, and ‘ugly’ footwear.  While these unique looking booties were heckled for some time, the footwear eventually became not only mainstream, but also coveted by celebrities and the general public alike. …

Ottawa’s WiLAN Acquires International Road Dynamics for $63.5M

Erika MurrayPatent

WiLAN, the Ottawa-based company has decided to move toward the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ sector and beyond the tradition intellectual property and patent licensing role it has played in the market with the purchase of International Road Dynamics for a whopping $63.5 million. In the past the patent and intellectual …

Trademark Lawyers And Celebrity Culture

Erika MurrayPatents

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 – …

Trademarked Stork Upheld in Canadian Copyright Case

Erika Murraycopyright, News, trademarks

A recent trademark infringement case between Stork Market Inc v. 1736735 Ontario Inc. (Hello Pink Lawn Cards Inc), 2017 FC 779 has resulted in a win for the plaintiff and retribution in the amount of $30,000. The copyright and trademark case deals with competitors in the business of renting and …

Canada Launches Public Consultation On reform of Copyright Board

Erika Murraycopyright, News

  The Copyright Board system changes are intended to allow for creators to get paid properly and on time. New business opportunities in the current fast-moving economic environment should mean more money for creators and users. The Copyright Board of Canada is in charge of establishing royalties to be paid …

Identifying gaps in fostering tech commercialization

Erika MurrayExpert Insights, Intellectual Property, News, 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 …

How To File A Patent In Canada

Erika MurrayNews, Patent

Filing a patent in Ontario or anywhere in Canada is a process that requires diligence, attention to detail, and technical skills. Before jumping into how a patent is filed, let’s review the purpose behind the patent system in Canada. One of the goals of the patent system is to fuel …