snIP/ITs Blog Monthly Review

Below is our Month in Review for January, highlighting posts on our snIP/ITs blog. You can follow the links to any of these specific posts, or you can visit the blog at www.canadiantechlawblog.com.

2013 Technology Law Year in Review
By Charles Morgan and Cristel Chabot-Lapointe on January 31st, 2014

2013 was a very active year in the tech sector in Canada. Some of the leading developments over the last year are summarised below. Tech Transactions – Turbulent Year for BlackBerry (Fairfax transaction) 2013 was a turbulent year for the Canadian leader of the telecommunications industry. It started with a change of name, from Research ...

New Jersey District Court dismisses proposed antitrust class action over LAMICTAL patent settlement
By David Tait and Ryann Atkins on January 30th, 2014

On January 24, 2014, the District Court released its reconsideration opinion again dismissing a previously-dismissed proposed antitrust class action against GSK and Teva under the "rule of reason" test set down in the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court Tétrault’s Actavis decision. In doing so, the Court made some important statements about Actavis: It does not allow scrutiny ...

Recent Lessons in Preparing for and Responding to Security Breaches
By Roland Hung on January 23rd, 2014

Target recently acknowledged that it suffered a massive security breach over the holiday season between November 27 and December 15. The result of the breach was that over 110 million credit and debit accounts which include customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes were stolen. It was ...

The Treacherous Gap Between Goods and Services in Trade-marks Law
By Daniel G.C. Glover on January 13th, 2014

Although it may seem arbitrary to a layperson, the gap in legal treatment between trade-marks for goods and trade-marks for services is treacherous for trade-mark owners. This gap can result in the loss of valuable rights, or the inability to enforce important trade-mark registrations. The recent NetJets case discussed below highlights how even a valuable ...

Le CRTC Publie des FAQs sur la Loi Canadienne Anti-Pourriel
By Charles Morgan and Puneet Soni on January 3rd, 2014

The English version of this article is available here. Le 18 décembre 2013, le CRTC a publié une série de FAQs pour aider les organisations et les individus concernés dans leurs efforts pour se conformer à Loi canadienne anti-pourriel (Loi anti-pourriel), qui entrera en vigueur en juillet 2014. Bien que les FAQs ne fournissent ...

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law FAQs Released by CRTC
By Charles Morgan and Puneet Soni on January 3rd, 2014

La version française de cet article est publiée ici. On December 18, 2013, the CRTC released a series of FAQs to help affected organizations and individuals in their efforts to comply with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which will begin coming into force in July 2014. Though the FAQs provide limited additional guidance, they are useful ...

Canadian Appeals Monitor wins Clawbie
By McCarthy Tétrault LLP on January 3rd, 2014

We are delighted to share that McCarthy Tétrault’s Canadian Appeals Monitor blog has received a 2013 Clawbie (Canadian Law Blog Award) in the Practice Group Blog category, for its overall excellence in covering Canada’s appellate courts and cases. Canadian Appeals Monitor is one of McCarthy Tétrault’s 10 blogs covering a variety of practice areas. The ...