snIP/ITs Blog Monthly Review

Enforcing an Intellectual Property Judgment in Canada
By David Tait on October 18th, 2013

Whether we are talking about patents, trademarks, copyright or other forms of intellectual property, they need to be enforced and protected. One outcome of IP litigation can be a monetary award, for example, an award of damages. Organizations sometimes find themselves in a position where a final award in an IP case must be enforced ...

Under the Hood of Usage-Based Car Insurance: FSCO Issues Guidance on Privacy, Permissible Data Use, and Pricing
By Kirsten Thompson on October 18th, 2013

The Next Big Thing in privacy is the advent of usage-based insurance, made possible by a telematics device – a small gizmo that plugs in to the diagnostic port of a car, monitors a driver’s driving habits, and sends that information wireless to an insurer/third party. Insurers in turn offer up to 25 % savings ...

Do you need to examine inventors located in Canada as a part of your patent lawsuit?
By David Tait on October 11th, 2013

Almost invariably, defendants in a patent lawsuit seek to examine the inventors of the patent or patents in issue. But, what do you do if an inventor resides in Canada? Generally, non-Canadian courts are not able to assert personal jurisdiction over Canadians and, therefore, cannot compel them to give evidence under oath for the purposes ...

New Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment
By Brenda Swick on October 11th, 2013

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Plouffe has been appointed the new Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment (CSEC). The Commissioner's role is, among other things, to provide independent review of the CSEC's activities and undertake investigations in response to complaints.

Ontario Court of Appeal Decisions on Distracted Driving Could Hurt Development of Connected Cars
By Kirsten Thompson on October 9th, 2013

Background Last week was an exciting week for those who monitor developments in technology and the law. First, a Canadian telecom company announced it had just signed a deal that would allow it to introduce wireless internet service for Canadian cars. The next day, the Ontario Court of Appeal released two companion decisions that added ...

Manitoba Joins the Ranks of Other Provinces in Enacting its Own Private Sector Privacy Legislation
By Daniel G.C. Glover, Roland Hung and Shannel Rajan on October 4th, 2013

The government of Manitoba recently enacted the Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Prevention Act to regulate the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by the private sector in Manitoba.[1] The statute has not come into force but this enactment is momentous, as it will enable Manitoba to join the ranks of Alberta, ...