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Beware of trolls: Experts raise concerns about Canada’s new trademark law

  • February 01, 2015
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Trademark trolls make a business of registering trademarks they have no intention of using and either holding them for ransom or suing anyone who uses them. Canada used to get around that by requiring those registering the trademarks to use them. Provisions contained in the omnibus Economic Action Plan Act of June 2014 eliminate this use requirement and open the door for trolls to gobble up trademarks at will.

Going to pot: Building a business in legal marijuana

  • February 01, 2015
  • Doug Beazley

Marijuana is sure to be an issue in this year’s federal election, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau having declared early on he thinks it should be legalized. The Conservatives, no surprise, have other ideas. But while they bicker about legality, quick-footed lawyers are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the business model for medical marijuana, and gearing up for the possibilities that lie beyond medical pot.

National securities regulator: The devil’s in the details

  • December 01, 2014
  • Doug Beazley

Negotiations toward the establishment of a national securities regulator are at a tricky spot, with legislation based on provincial securities law outlining policy in broad brushstrokes – details to be filled in later. As Doug Beazley tells us, the devil is in those details.

Tips for recognizing and mitigating corruption

  • August 01, 2014

One of the sessions at the recent CBA Legal Conference in St. John's, N.L., explored the international and domestic crackdown on corrupt business practices. Here are some tips offered up during the session for recognizing and mitigating corrupt foreign practices.

The worldwide web can catch unsuspecting lawyers

  • August 01, 2014
  • James Careless

Working online is often touted as the way of the future for lawyers, and it may well make much of what they do easier. But the worldwide web also holds hidden traps for the unsuspecting, as Ottawa lawyer David Ian Amber discovered. James Careless tells the cautionary tale.

Online privacy: The practical fallout from Spencer

  • August 01, 2014
  • Jason Scott Alexander

With its June ruling in R. v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Canada put a limit on the kind of information the police can obtain without a warrant from a person or organization. Jason Scott Alexander looks at what this decision means for individuals and organizations, as well as for the country's law enforcement agencies.

Five key questions to ask before joining a board

  • May 01, 2014
  • Julie Sobowale

Sitting on a board can be a great way to gild your CV and add a little cash to your income stream. But caveat director (bad Latin intended) – it could also be an enormously frustrating waste of time and energy. Julie Sobowale offers up some tips for questions to ask before accepting invitations to sit on boards – not surprisingly, the more due diligence you do, the better.

TFW program creating headaches all over

  • May 01, 2014
  • Doug Beazley

The temporary foreign worker program is supposed to make thingseasier for employers. Instead, some employers' alleged abuse of the program is causing headaches for government and others who rely on the system to keep their businesses open. And then there are the lawyers, trying to keep track of policies that can change while they blink. Doug Beazley dips his toe in the quicksand that is the TFW program.