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 Rise of the Online Store: Practical First Steps to Starting a Business

2017 brought monumental change in technology. In fact, 2017 set the all time record for closures of brick and mortar stores and openings of online stores. These days consumers are more inclined to do their shopping from the comfort of their own homes rather than brave the crowds in the malls. This change in shopping [...]

By | 2018-01-24T14:06:06+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Artificial (Attorney) Intelligence

I’ve already written two articles about Crypto-currencies so I’ll spare my audience from indulging me a third time. (By the way, Bitcoin took a hit recently as news broke that South Korea, China and Japan are contemplating legislation to regulate cryptocurrencies). I do however, want to continue writing about the emerging technology space. More specifically, [...]

By | 2018-01-17T14:38:16+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

The Billion Dollar Printing Press

As a trade-mark agent, my world is trade-marks.  How to protect trade-marks, how to enforce trade-marks, and how to defend trade-marks.  That is my raison d'être here at the firm. Which is why it is odd that today’s blog post is not about trade-marks.  As a practitioner working in an [...]

By | 2017-12-14T12:36:24+00:00 December 14th, 2017|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

Harvester of Sorrow: Should all legal fees to be awarded against a party that is being clearly unreasonable

I am a true believer that litigation should only be used when a reasonable compromise cannot be reached between two parties. A reasonable compromise in either a patent, trademark or design patent infringement requires both parties to give something up rather than attempt to obtain a one-sided settlement agreement. Let’s all agree that getting everything [...]

By | 2017-11-29T15:15:42+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Patents that Protect Sneakers that Promise Super Powers

Fashion generally lacks adequate protection from Intellectual Property Law. I have recently discussed a number of IP tools designers may use for some level of protection but have yet to consider patents. Patents apply to newly developed technologies and provide the inventor the exclusive right to use, make, or sell the innovation for a fixed [...]

By | 2017-11-21T00:28:59+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

The Holiest of All Intellectual Property: The Appropriation of the Pope’s Personality Rights

And on the 7th day God created…Intellectual Property rights? Ok, well the Vatican might not be claiming that they are the holy keepers of intellectual property rights, but earlier this year, the city-state surrounded by Rome, decided to put its foot down on how and when the likeness of Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:58:42+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Part Three: Additional Considerations for Start-Up Financing

Having burned through your personal savings and explored the friends and family round, most entrepreneurs will wonder what's next on the start-up financing front. Depending on your business and the success, or lack thereof, that you may have at this stage, you might think that an angel investment or even venture capital could be secured. [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:55:24+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments

Become a Legal Re-Seller Today!

As I have alluded to in the past, intellectual property is a form of property. Which puts intellectual property professionals in a unique position. Specifically, their services are a form of investment. Why? Because you can eventually sell the intellectual property portfolio those professionals helped you build. Unlike most services, all that time and [...]

By | 2017-10-18T19:04:10+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments