Of Trademarks, Towers, and Trolls: How Far Does Trademark Protection Reach?

By: Liz Gray A fantasy novel set in Toronto is the centre of a trademark controversy.  The cover of James Bow’s new book, The Night Girl, features shadowy fantastical figures running along a rooftop with the iconic CN Tower on their left.  The image of the CN Tower was obtained from a stock photo site …

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Natalie Raffoul spoke on IP and AI at Elevate Toronto Tech Festival

Natalie Raffoul joined a long list of exceptional speakers, including Michelle Obama and Chris Hadfield, at the Elevate Toronto Tech Festival today. The Elevate Tech Fest showcases the best of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Natalie shared the stage with Carole Piovesan of INQ Data Law for the panel “Why Your AI Company Will Fail Without …

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Check out Natalie Raffoul’s Podcast on The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout

The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout Podcast launched their newest episode entitled “Natalie Raffoul – Patent and Trademark Queen”. If you have any questions regarding IP strategy, check out this podcast! Natalie goes through some of the misconceptions surrounding patenting, especially in the high tech and software space. She also goes through how start-ups …

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Brion Raffoul Congratulates New Patent Agent Stacey Dunn

The firm would like to congratulate Stacey Dunn for passing the 2019 Canadian Patent Agent Qualification Examinations to become a Registered Canadian Patent Agent. Stacey has a background in molecular genetics and specializes in the life sciences. Stacey is also a lawyer in Ontario and actively supports our legal practice in the area of IP …

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5 Tips for the Ottawa IP Summer Law Student Recruitment Process (Fall 2019)

By: Stacey Dunn Getting a job in law school can be daunting – there are relatively few summer job positions compared to the mass number of student applicants. If you know you want to specialize in IP, this ratio is even less in your favour. Here are five tips to help get through the Ottawa …

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The New Gold Rush: Open Innovation in Canada

“It’s impossible for any organization to have all the best ideas” ~ General Electric, Open Innovation Manifesto Open Innovation as an R&D strategy may seem counter-intuitive; traditional corporate culture dictates the use of secret R&D labs that operate in an information silo. However, open innovation can offer many competitive advantages, such as complimenting your company’s …

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Canada is Modernizing its Patent Act and Rules to Streamline Procedures for Applicants

By: Edward Wu Following the Government’s recent decision to ratify the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), the Orders in Council (OIC) published that the amendments to the Patent Act and Patent Rules under the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act and Economic Action Plan 2015 Act will come into force on October 30, 2019. Furthermore, the new …

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2019 NBA Champions Toronto Raptors: Trademark Fight Ahead with Monster Energy

By: Edward Wu Despite the Toronto Raptors’ historic win last night, they may have some trouble ahead with their, now iconic, logo. Monster Energy is suing the Toronto Raptors over the clawed basketball logo. Documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) show that the two companies have been …

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IAMPATENT1000 ranked Brion Raffoul as one of top 14 patent prosecution firms in Canada

IAMPATENT1000 is one of the most respected rankings for patent professionals globally because of peer review in validating its research. The IAMPATENT1000 published the following about Brion Raffoul: Ottawa-based IP specialist Brion Raffoul is the recipient of emphatic feedback from the market: “Its professionals are extremely organised, proactive and very easy to work with. They …

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