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8 Lessons that Brand Owners can learn from Augusta National and the Masters

People that know me are well aware of my deep ties to the world of golf, a game that has been part of my entire life. For golf fans, this past weekend and the playing of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National is the closest thing to golf heaven on earth. An annual return [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:31:43+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Innovation in Canada – How do we measure up?

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) tabled its Annual Report for 2016–2017 in Canada’s House of Commons on February 2, 2018. A copy of the full report can be found here. In its notice to the profession CIPO wrote: “Last year, we advanced our work to modernize Canada's IP system, improve the quality of the [...]

By | 2018-02-06T14:42:28+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

The Man Who Invented Christmas AND International Copyright Law?

For the past 22 years, I have had the pleasure of representing members of the Dickens family out of England, direct descendants of the great English author, Charles Dickens. Through this work, which principally focuses on branding and licensing initiatives by family members, I have also learned a great deal about Dickens the man, and [...]

By | 2017-12-07T17:00:36+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|1 Comment

Fake Litigation! – What it is, and what can be done about it.

As competition in certain sectors of knowledge-based economies becomes more crowded and competitive, predatory companies, savvy in intellectual property, have become emboldened to initiate legal actions based on highly suspect patent, trade-mark, copyright and confidential information claims (or some combination thereof), with a view to keeping their competitors at bay. High litigation costs can [...]

By | 2017-10-11T17:55:14+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Innovating the Innovation System

We are very good at advising on how one should go about protecting valuable intellectual property assets, as patents, designs, trademarks or copyright. But while innovation continues to accelerate, the innovation system that we use to protect and commercialize these rights have evolved very slowly, and in today’s world in many instances seem antiquated, lopsided [...]

By | 2017-08-17T17:13:31+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Intellectual Property Trainwrecks: The Unbelievable Silly Innovations Hall of Fame

“Some innovations are best left to die in the ashes of the campfire around which they were conceived” Ah… here in Canada the long days of summer are upon us, and the mind starts to wander from regular work to things less structured. Things like lounging by the lake or telling tales around a [...]

By | 2017-07-06T18:17:35+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments