“We have updated our Privacy Policy” – GDPR Compliance Beyond an updated Privacy Policy

Your business, we’ll call it Privacy Co., operates out of Kingston, you sell product almost exclusively to the United States and now a European Union (EU) privacy regulation is affecting the way you handle customer data? What gives? On May 25ththe General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) came into effect after years of consultation and preparation. The [...]

By | 2018-06-06T19:33:31+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Ante Up!

A recurring theme came out of the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle for me.  With a background in management science and half a decade of operations management before entering the legal profession, I am no stranger to the concepts of risk management and decision analysis. In fact, this background in risk analysis permeates my [...]

By | 2018-05-31T11:26:59+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Accredited Investors and Prospectus Exemptions – Do Your Due Diligence!

In my previous article I referenced the fact that a company (an “issuer”) seeking to raise money without a broker could rely on the private issuer exemption by issuing shares to certain categories of shareholders, such as family members and close personal friends or business associates. However, what happens when you encounter a potential individual [...]

By | 2018-04-27T07:16:32+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Raise Your Glass to Patent Law this St. Patrick’s Day!

The taste, the look, the intellectual property! On St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness® draught beer will be enjoyed in over 150 countries around the world. Happy beer drinkers will toast to each other’s health, they may even thank Arthur Guinness himself for signing a 9000-year lease on a dilapidated brewery at St. James’s Gate, but only [...]

By | 2018-03-16T13:30:28+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Posting and Reposting: What Business Owners Need to Know About Instagram’s Terms of Use

Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social networking apps, with over 800 million monthly users, 2 million advertisers and 65,900 photos and videos being uploaded to the app every minute. Many business owners are now including Instagram as part of an effective marketing strategy. If you are a business owner and use Instagram [...]

By | 2018-03-12T08:00:16+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Emoji and Copyright :)

First invented in the late 1990s, emoji have found their way into all our smartphones over the past few years. They have transformed the way we communicate online by allowing us to convey emotions, tones, gestures and expressions that would otherwise be absent with the use of a traditional alphabet in our writing. Not only [...]

By | 2018-03-01T10:57:18+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Idea2Ideal|1 Comment

Part Four: Understanding Prospectus Exemptions

Having considered the various steps enumerated in my last article to improve the strength of your business before seeking angel financing, you now have to arm yourself with an understanding of the private company financing regime in Canada. The first rule is that any time that a company issues shares to founders or investors it [...]

By | 2018-02-26T15:50:05+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Passion Project

Today, on the day of love, what could be more romantic than an article on intellectual property?  Roll your eyes if you must, but before you gallivant off for a lovely dinner with your paramour, consider the fact that, at their core, romance and intellectual property have something in common: passion. Rich creative endeavors are [...]

By | 2018-02-14T12:41:30+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|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