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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 10th, 2017|Idea2Ideal|0 Comments