IDEA2IDEAL 2017-09-07T17:13:23+00:00

Taking an idea and turning it into an ideal commercial reality is both very challenging and at the same time very rewarding. It’s where the “rubber hits the road” as some would say. In this section you will find commentary, news and views on a wide range of IP and business related issues designed to provide guidance and insight on how to turn your intangible rights into tangible results.

Accredited Investors and Prospectus Exemptions – Do Your Due Diligence!

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

DIY Trade-marks

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

I am a big believer in a person having agency over their own life and decisions: that nearly anyone can do anything if they put their mind [...]

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

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

What You Need to Know About Emoji and Copyright 🙂

March 1st, 2018|1 Comment

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 [...]

Part Four: Understanding Prospectus Exemptions

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Passion Project

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Innovation in Canada – How do we measure up?

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Artificial (Attorney) Intelligence

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

The Billion Dollar Printing Press

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

The Man Who Invented Christmas AND International Copyright Law?

December 7th, 2017|1 Comment

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, [...]

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

November 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Patents that Protect Sneakers that Promise Super Powers

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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, [...]

Part Three: Additional Considerations for Start-Up Financing

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • INtellectual Property. Not all Expenditures are Expenses

Become a Legal Re-Seller Today!

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Industrial Designs – The Eye of the Beholder – Sometimes Owns All the Rights

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

There is a poor little cousin in Intellectual Property and his name is ID which is an Industrial Design. An industrial design protects the visual aspects of [...]

Trademarks and Fashion Law: A Potential Shining Light of Protection?

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Following lawsuits around fashion in the news can often be disheartening. Fashion designers are often not afforded a lot of legal protection and cases can be dismissed [...]

How Will Blockchain Technology Support the Legal Profession?

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

For my first post on the Andrews Robichaud blog, I wrote about the rapid growth and adoption of blockchain technology. Since then, the cost of a single [...]

  • Finding Funding for Start-Ups is Hard

Finding Funding for Start-Ups: Part Two

September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Todd Plaskacz is a Senior Associate at Andrews Robichaud, as a registered Trademark Agent, Mr. Plaskacz regularly provides guidance and advice to clients on branding, internet domain [...]

Sun Tzu the Trade-mark Agent

August 19th, 2017|0 Comments

You have probably heard of The Art of War.  Maybe you have even read it. I did, a long time ago.  As an oft quoted book in [...]

Innovating the Innovation System

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

The Power of P²

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Any innovation with products requires a consideration of P² at a certain time. P² is obviously the wonderful words Patent Pending!! These two words can have meaningful [...]

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As experienced IP and Business lawyers, as well as business owners ourselves, we know the steps you need to take to not only protect your ideas, but also how to implement them in successful businesses. Too often great ideas are not adequately protected, and business owners suffer the consequences. Our mission is to show you that intellectual property is not an “intellectual” or “academic” exercise, but rather it is a practical and relatively inexpensive step necessary to protect your innovations, create new and valuable assets and to mobilize your business. 
Part of our goal with this blog is to show you how IP and Business law can work for you, and to highlight the important and intriguing issues that come up on a daily basis. We are also excited to share stories and updates on cutting edge IP and Business law topics, and the niche markets we are fortunate to work in every day.
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