Doing Business in Quebec? New French requirements!

By: Christopher Chiavatti (IP Lawyer) & Greg Parth (Summer Student) Quebec’s recently passed Bill 96 strengthens requirements for the use of French, including for businesses operating in Quebec.  In this article, we highlight three areas to which businesses will want to pay particular attention: Contracts; Trademarks; and Penalties …

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Forget me, Forget me not: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

By: Stephanie Williams (IP Lawyer) & Jose Seba (Senior Associate) Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of protecting their brands in the Canadian market. Interest in acquiring trademark registration in Canada has increased significantly in the last several years.  From 2015 to 2021, the volume of new trademark …

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One Step Forward: Canadian Software Patents

By: Liz Gray (IP Lawyer) with research assistance by Greg Parth (Summer Student) Close to two years ago, the Canadian Federal Court ruled in Choueifaty that the “problem-solution approach”, then applied by the Canadian Patent Office (CIPO) to determine whether claims recite patentable subject matter, was incorrect in …

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Welcome to the firm!

BRION RAFFOUL LLP is delighted to welcome two (2) new law students for 2022 summer internships, starting on May 2, 2022. Joining our team are Gabriella Fortugno & Greg Parth. Welcome to the firm!

Nike Sues Lululemon: Who Should Be Sweating?

Nike is suing Vancouver-based Lululemon for allegedly wilfully infringing six patents owned by Nike.  The patents at issue relate to fitness technology used by Mirror, a home-gym company acquired by Lululemon in 2020.  Among examples of the allegedly infringing technology given by Nike is an adaptive watch that monitors the heart rate of a …

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Patents for a Food Coma and Canadian Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is six weeks ahead of its more famous counterpart in the United States.  This gives Canadians a six-week headstart ahead of festivities south of the US-Canadian border — but we still celebrate with pumpkin pie, (Canadian) football, and of course, plenty of turkey.   In celebration, Brion …

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