snIP/ITs Blog Monthly Review

Below is our Month in Review for February, 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

McCarthy Tétrault receives four Benchmark Canada awards
By McCarthy Tétrault LLP on February 25th, 2014

McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce that Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Canada named partners Andrew Reddon and Steven Mason as Canada’s Intellectual Property Litigators of the Year – Patents. The award is in recognition of Mr. Reddon and Mr. Mason’s exceptional knowledge of patents and superior trial skills. The pair’s recent successes include their …

Copyright Law – Year in Review
By Roland Hung, Barry Sookman and Frances Candy on February 24th, 2014

While 2013 was not a seminal year for Canadian copyright cases when compared to 2012, there were certainly some memorable decisions which provide a worthwhile read by any standards. The following is a sampling of some of the most interesting cases of the year. A fuller description of the below decisions can be found in ...

Patent Law Year in Review: Oil and Gas (2013)
By Steven Tanner and Timothy Ellam on February 19th, 2014

In 2013 the Federal Court experienced a surge in patent infringement actions. Whereas 48 patent infringement actions were filed in 2012, that number rose to 101 in 2013.[1] Part of that increase came about because of growth in the oil and gas patent infringement sector. Put simply, oil and gas companies were more aggressive at …

New UK Web Defamation Rules for User Content: What Canadian Website Operators Need to Know
By Keith Rose on February 13th, 2014

The UK Defamation Act 2013 (Act) came into effect on January 1, 2014. This Act includes a variety of reforms to the UK law of defamation, including codification of the defence of "Publication on a matter of public interest"[1]; however, for Canadian website operators, the most important change is likely to be a new …

A Massive House-Cleaning: Canadian Government Tables Five New IP Treaties
By Daniel G.C. Glover on February 4th, 2014

On January 28, 2014, the Government of Canada signaled its intent to transform its intellectual property regimes by tabling five intellectual property law treaties in Parliament. If implemented into domestic law, these treaties would harmonize Canada’s trade-mark, patent and industrial design legislation with its major trading partners. Following a 21-sitting-day waiting period, the Government will …