Intellectual Property Overview
Our firm assists its clients with respect to all of their intellectual property needs, including, acquisition, use, development, registration, licensing, protection, financing, enforcement and sale. We provide advice to a broad spectrum of clients, including major financial institutions, technology related companies, computer software distributors and small businesses. Our lawyers negotiate, prepare and review a wide range of agreements relating to the protection, securing and licensing of copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, plant breeder rights, patents and industrial design. Our firm renders registrability and infringement opinions and prepares and files applications for copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs and plant breeder rights. We can also perform intellectual property audits for our clients to assist in the protection of their intellectual assets.
- Industrial Design
- Intellectual Property Audits
- Plant Breeder Rights
- Security Interests in Technology Assets
- Software Licensing
- Technology Asset Financing
- Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
Legal Insights on Patents and Trademarks
The Federal Court of Canada has recently declared that business methods are not excluded from patentability. It has quashed the decision of the Commissioner of Patents not to allow the patent application for Amazon. com’s “1-click”. The Court stated that business methods, like any invention, are to be assessed in terms of the categories of art, machine, process, manufacture or composition of matter. Business methods should not be given their own category of exclusion according to the Federal Court. Read more...
IP Audits Get Venture Capital Flowing Faster
If your technology start-up business is looking for venture capital financing, the performance of an intellectual property audit (“IP Audit”) is essential to avoid delays in obtaining such financing. IP Audits are an important mitigation strategy to consider prior to any licensing, financing, merger or transfer. Read more...
- Survey on Trends for Commercialising IP