Brion Raffoul LLP welcomes Stephanie Williams to the firm!

Stephanie is an IP lawyer with a primary focus on our trademark practice.  Stephanie will also assist with IP licensing matters and provide general legal advice around intellectual property protection.  Prior to working for Brion Raffoul, Stephanie worked for another leading Canadian IP firm.  Prior to law school, …

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Five Fascinating Canadian Inventions (and a Few More!)

Canada Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate it in the patent world than looking back at some of the most memorable Canadian inventions and innovations:  Insulin:  Insulin, featured on Canada’s $100 bill, is one of Canada’s best-known discoveries. Insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick G. Banting, with the help of his assistant Charles Best and biochemist James Collip (who is often …

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Canadian Astronaut Monitor is Out of this World

The Bio-Monitor™ wearable health monitor is now being used by the Canadian Space Agency to monitor astronauts’ vital signs aboard the International Space Station.  Invented and produced by the Montreal-based company Hexoskin, the Bio-Monitor™ wearable health monitor combines multiple medical sensors into a “smart shirt” and records astronauts’ …

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Natalie Raffoul to Co-Chair IPIC McGill Summer Courses

Are you new to IP? Do you want to brush up on your IP knowledge? Please join Brion Raffoul LLP’s Managing Partner, Natalie Raffoul as she once again co-chairs IPIC/McGill Summer 2021 Patents, Trademarks and Copyright courses on Intellectual Property, July 12 – 28, 2021. Joining Natalie as …

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Industrial Design Registration in Canada: “It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts”

By Saranjit Dhindsa and Liz Gray What is an Industrial Design?  If IP rights are a family, industrial design rights (also known as ‘design rights’ or ‘design patent rights’) are the shallowest family member—it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Industrial designs protect a product’s unique appearance, not how the product works or the materials that it’s made of.  Industrial …

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Cornershop: A Latin American Success Story

Cornershop is one of Latin America’s recent e-commerce successes.  Long before COVID-19 led to a boom in online ordering, Cornershop allowed users to order and receive their groceries at home.  But how did this app go from a three-person start-up to a multinational brand in five years? Daniel …

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