Kardashian Sued For Posting Picture Of … Herself?

April 27, 2017
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Can something I have created be copyrighted so that not even I can reproduce it? How much control do I have over my licenced and copyrighted material? The worlds of celebrity and IP rights collided in a similar manner this week as television personality Khloe Kardashian was reportedly sued in California Court for posting an image to her Instagram account that had been previously licensed to the UK’s The Daily Mail tabloid.

Potentially Valuable Gene-Editing Patent Rights – Who Owns Them?

February 23, 2017
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As reported by many news outlets, including the CBC, a recent decision in the US concerning ownership of gene-editing technology will be of great interest to IP professionals. In The Broad Institute Inc v. Regents of the University of California, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) confirmed that the Broad Institute is the rightful owner of the patents.

Happy Setsubun!

February 3, 2017
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We wish Happy Setsubun to all our Japanese friends and family! February 3rd was Setsubun festival in Japan, celebrated a day before the start of Spring (in the Japanese lunar calendar).

Keeping Your Spirits Up: Branding and Third-Party Trademarks

January 23, 2017
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When developing a brand that signifies the local character of an artisanal product, it is understandable that business owners try to draw upon the rich geographical heritage of the surrounding region. An Ottawa craft distillery recently found out that many of the iconic signs and symbols that we associate with our surroundings may not be simply free for the taking.

CIPO Update: The 11th Edition of the Nice Classification

January 5, 2017
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges Paul Taylor-Sussex, in writing this blog post. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has just announced that the 11th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of Registration of Marks (known as the Nice Classification) has now entered into force. CIPO will be applying this… Read more »