Facebook® is now Meta…or at least it hopes to be.

Last month, Facebook announced that it is rebranding to “Meta”.  Some trademark issues might be problematic for them in this brand transition. Facebook applied for the “META” trademark in the US on October 28, 2021.  Their application lists an enormous number of goods and services, including many technology-related …

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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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Brion Raffoul LLP Celebrates World IP Day

Today, Brion Raffoul celebrates World IP Day. The theme for 2021 is IP and SMEs: Taking your ideas to market. Intellectual Property rights are crucial to helping SMEs take their innovations to the next level, and play a fundamental role in encouraging innovation and creativity within your organization. …

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Why Every Startup Needs an IP Strategy

By Tina Dekker, Art Brion and Natalie Raffoul If you’re a startup, protecting your intellectual property (IP) can seem daunting and less important in light of other, seemingly more pressing, matters involved in getting your new business off the ground.  However, creating an IP strategy is incredibly important …

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Brion Raffoul LLP Welcomes 3 Law Students!

Brion Raffoul is delighted to welcome three (3) law students for 2020 summer internships! Joining our team are: Tina Dekker Tina is a law student at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2022. She holds a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (specializing in nanotechnology) and a …

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Offering for sale could be a public disclosure of your invention: get patent pending before selling!

Generating income is typically top of mind for any business. For technology companies, this often means that sales and marketing go hand-in-hand with product development. During product development, confidential clauses in agreements shield companies from public disclosure of the invention. However, the United States has an “on-sale” bar …

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