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Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Corey M. Horowitz: Network-1 Receives New Patent from U.S. Patent Office (Source: Bakersfield.com) Barbara Shecter: Huawei to Boost Research and Development Spending in Canada, Even if Government Blocks its 5G Tech (Source: Financial Post) Sebastian Blanco: NIO Aiming to Innovate with Battery Cooling, Patent Applications Suggest (Source: Green Car Reports) Adi Robertson: Facebook Filed a Patent Application for a ‘Civil’ Political Debate Forum (Source: The Ve...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Canada, Huawei, Forbes, Daniel, Bakersfield, Financial Post, Adi Robertson, Daniel Nazer, Sebastian Blanco, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, USPTO Commentary and Journal Articles, Corey M Horowitz, Barbara Shecter


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Alexandre Tanzi: U.S. and Canada Make Strides in Bloomberg 2019 Innovation Index (Source: Bloomberg) Iqra Farooq: Computer Program That Could Bypass Patents to Produce Synthetic Drugs (Source: European Pharmaceutical Review)  Atty. Arthur W. Coviello, Atty. Richard Goldenberg, and Atty. William G. McElwain: United States: Federal Circuit Patent Update (Source: Mondaq) Collin Woodard: Patent Application Hints At All-Wheel-Drive Ford Mustang Hybrid (Source: Mo...
Tags: Law, China, Canada, United States, Patent, Phoenix, Financial Post, Perkins Coie LLP, Christopher Reynolds, Peter Finnie, Colleen V Chien, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Alexandre Tanzi, Bloomberg Iqra Farooq, European Pharmaceutical Review


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Jörn Poltz and Stephen Nellis: Apple to Pull Some iPhones in Germany as Qualcomm Extends Global Wins (Source: Reuters) Srividya Kalyanaraman: Endeavor Robotics Sues Defense Tech Major QinetiQ over Patent Infringement (Source: BostInno) Sajan C Kumar: Triangular Contest: TCS, Wipro & Tech Mahindra in Race for Job to Spruce up Patent Processing System (Source: Financial Express) Sebastian Blanco: Tesla Patent Application Mentions Augmented Reality Safety Glass...
Tags: Law, Germany, Canada, Uspto, Chevron, Qualcomm, Patent, Reuters, Financial Post, Malathi Nayak, David Boundy, Stephen Nellis, Sebastian Blanco, Matal, Aqua Products, Juvan Bonni


USMCA – More IP Changes Coming to Canada

In early October, the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States announced the USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The agreement anticipates several changes relating to intellectual property touching on copyright, patents, data protection, trade secrets and anti-counterfeiting. Some of the changes have been controversial and seen as significant concessions by Canada to the United States. One article in the Financial Post, was titled, “Canada ‘caved’ on intellectual property provisio...
Tags: Europe, Law, Canada, United States, Intellectual Property, Nafta, Canada Mexico, Financial Post, Ceta, Intellectual Property Office, Jim Balsillie, Europe Data Protection, USMCA


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Chaim Gartenberg: New Apple Patent Application Suggests iPhones Could Warn Against Spam Calls One Day (Source: The Verge) Helen Knight: Prior Art Archive Aims to Improve Patent Process (Source: MIT) Jan Wolfe: U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Ruling that Canceled Teva Copaxone Patents (Source: Reuters) Tom Blackwell: Canada, U.S. in NAFTA ‘Stalemate’ Over American Demands to Boost Protection for Brand-Name Drugs: Industry (Source: Financial Post) Fred Lambert: Te...
Tags: Law, Canada, Wipo, Patent, Mastercard, Reuters, Nafta, Financial Post, U S Appeals Court, WesternGeco, Stephen Key, Steptoe, Fred Lambert, Chaim Gartenberg, Jan Wolfe, Juvan Bonni


Ombudsman Impartiality Is a Delicate Balance

The recent announcement that another major Canadian bank is withdrawing from the national banking ombudsman service in favour of a private dispute resolution service for customer banking complaints raises interesting questions about independence and impartiality. In September, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) confirmed that Bank of Nova Scotia will no longer use the service for banking complaints as of November 1. Instead, it will join Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Do...
Tags: Law, Customers, Globe, Scotiabank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Financial Post, Dispute Resolution, Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto Dominion Bank, ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office ADRBO, OBSI, ADRBO, Sarah Bradley, National Bank Canada, RBC TD, DirectCash Bank Bow, ADRBO ADRBO


The Unintended Consequences of Fighting Online Piracy

When the Copyright Modernization Act was passed in 2012 with Bill C-11, most observers acknowledged that stronger enforcement mechanisms were needed for online piracy. However, even at that time there were concerns about the measures undertaken to address these concerns. Most controversial were the notice-and-notice provisions that came into force on Jan. 2, 2015., which require ISPs and website hosts to convey notices of copyright infringement allegations to customers using their services. The ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Fca, Bill, King, Norwich, Rogers, Federal Court, John Doe, Voltage Pictures, Rogers Communications Inc, Financial Post, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Nintendo of America Inc, Stratas, Colin Hyslop


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Family LLB  2. Global Workplace Insider 3. Michael Geist 4. Slater Vecchio Connected 5. Condo Adviser Family LLB If Your Spouse Moves Out, Can They Later Ask You to Pay Rent? As was report...
Tags: Law, Canada, Vancouver, Ontario, O'Brien, CRTC, Michael Geist, Financial Post, Monday’s Mix, Slater Vecchio Connected, Global Workplace Insider, Slater Vecchio Connected Sun, Condos Electric


Tim Hortons Plays Up Canadian Roots in $700M Store Redesign

Can communal seating and charging outlets at Canadian maple tables woo more customers to linger at Canada’s coffee shop icon Tim Hortons? That’s the hope for owner Restaurant Brands International, which has revealed its new store design concept that it plans to roll out in Canada over the next four years. RBI (with franchise owners) is backing its contemporary new look and feel—a design it’s calling ‘Welcome Image’—in the brand’s biggest update since it was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964....
Tags: Design, Uncategorized, Advertising, Canada, Retail, Burger King, Restaurant Brands International, Tim Horton, Tims, Hamilton Ontario, Popeyes, Tim Hortons, Financial Post, Food And Beverage, Alex Macedo, Great White North Franchisee Association


Welcome HomePod: Apple Joins Smart Speaker Space

Amazon and Google beat Apple to the smart home speaker space. Now they can make room for HomePod, featuring the voice of Siri and the musical chops of Apple Music. Announced at Apple’s worldwide developers conference last June, HomePod features bigger speakers for optimal music playback and integrates with Siri, the company’s digital assistant and other services, such as Apple Music. Starting Friday, it’s avaialable to order in select markets, with U.S. sales While on a brief visit to Toronto t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, UK, John Lewis, Technology, Australia, France, Germany, Evernote, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, Toronto, Siri, Canada


Beijing Startup Offers Engineers $1M Salary Plus Options in Battle For Talent

An anonymous reader shares a Financial Post report: Beijing ByteDance Technology is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today's Headlines, which aggregates news and videos from hundreds of media outlets. In five years, the app has become one of the most popular news services anywhere, with 120 million daily users. Toutiao is on pace to pull in about US$2.5 billion in revenue this year, largely from advertising. It was j...
Tags: Elon Musk, China, US, Tech, Beijing, Baidu, Tencent Holdings, Financial Post, Toutiao, Zhang Yiming, Beijing Startup Offers Engineers


Roots Cabin Brings Personalization to New Canadian Flagship

American camp buddies Don Green and Michael Budman founded Roots in 1973, inspired by their summer adventures in Canada’s Algonquin Park to dream up products to celebrate their love of all things Canadian. They skyrocketed to success including, last month, being named an iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand. The Roots co-founders sold a majority stake in 2015 to a private equity firm in order to focus on their apparel and lifestyle brand’s “next phase of growth.” Case in point: The Roots Cabin, ...
Tags: Amazon, Customization, Fashion, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, Toronto, Customer Experience, Taiwan, Green, Canada, Alibaba, Millennials, Retail, Personalization


Ontario greenhouses could lose $10M because of new cap-and-trade rules

Ontario, Canada has 2,900 acres of greenhouses that export over $1 billion of cucumbers, tomatoes, and green peppers to the United States. But greenhouse growers are saying they’ll suffer under the province’s new climate action plan. Their industry doesn’t only produce carbon dioxide (CO2) but consumes it as part of plants‘ photosynthesis process, but unlike in British Columbia and Alberta, Ontario growers won’t receive a rebate for the carbon consumption, which could cost them around $10 milli...
Tags: Design, Mexico, United States, British Columbia, Alberta, Columbia, Ontario, Alberta Ontario, Ontario Canada, Financial Post, Michael de Jong, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, George Gilvesy, BC Greenhouse Growers Association, Linda Delli Santi, Gary Wheeler


Money Links – Free $150 Gift Card Offer, Higher Interest Rates, TFSA Taxation and Warren Buffett

PC Financial World Elite MasterCard $20 + $150 Gift Card Freebie! The PC Financial World Elite MasterCard is perhaps the best no annual fee grocery credit card out there.  It offers 3% cash back when shopping at Loblaws group of stores  (Loblaws, Dominion in NL, Real Canadian Super Store, No Frills, PC Mobile, and Shoppers Drug Mart) and you can redeem $20 or more towards products in their group of stores. For Loblaws shoppers out there, this card is a winner, especially since it doesn’t have a...
Tags: Marketing, Canada, Warren Buffett, Rob, Mastercard, Buffett, Mark, Boomer, Loblaws, CRA, Shoppers Drug Mart, Financial Post, Interesting Links, TFSA, Loblaws Dominion, PC Financial World Elite MasterCard


Child Support: What About My Newer Children?

A Canadian colleague draws attention to the Canadian legal rule regarding child support: “first families first”. Which simply means that preexisting children that are the subject of a child support order take precedence in the eyes of the law over later children with a different other parent. Doesn’t the law care about newer children too? Actually, like Canada, generally speaking, the family courts in the US have, in effect, not cared. This includes Florida family court, New York family court a...
Tags: Florida, New York, Uncategorized, US, Canada, New Jersey, Financial Post, Florida New York


Canada: New Deal Rules Don't Shake The Industry, Bringing Little Change In The Number Of Hostile Bids - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

The Financial Post recently published an article outlining findings in a report by Davies affiliated scholar Poonam Puri and Kingsdale's Hooman Tabesh about the effect of the CSA's takeover bid
Tags: News, Canada, Csa, Davies, Financial Post, Vineberg, Davies Ward Phillips, Poonam Puri, Kingsdale, Hooman Tabesh


With Population Aging, Canada Sees Reverse Mortgage Promise

When Canada released its 2016 census data earlier this month, media outlets took notice of one interesting tidbit: For the first time since Canada began taking surveys of its population in 1871, people older than 65 outnumbered children younger than 15. The margin was slim, with seniors claiming 16.9% of Canada’s total population and children accounting for 16.6%. But it was enough for our neighbors to the north to sound the alarm about the country’s graying populace — and for the Canadian rever...
Tags: News, Finance, Toronto, America, Canada, Vancouver, Jackson, Globe, Browning, Statistics Canada, Dominion, Financial Post, Henry Winkler, Kurt Browning, HECM, Reverse Mortgage


Google’s Dominance Doesn’t Require Anti-Competition

Google permeates everything we do. Our society could be described as a “Google generation,” for better or worse. Some suggest that Google undermines our democracy, specifically by fostering greater inequality and eroding our notions of privacy. Others point to Google’s potential role in fighting back against “fake news,” and the crucial role that flows of information and media play in a democracy. Google’s market share in search engines in Canada is estimated between to . It’s Google’s dominan...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Technology, Yahoo, Law, China, Russia, US, Google Search, Eu, Czech Republic


BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market is now officially 0%

It's the end of an era: BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market is now 0.0%. In the fourth quarter of 2016, more than 431 million smartphones were sold, according to a report published by research firm Gartner on Wednesday — and of those, just 207,900 were BlackBerry devices running its own operating system. That gives the Canadian smartphone company a share of the overall phone market share of less than a single decimal percentage point. (To be precise, it's 0.0482%.) In contrast, a ...
Tags: Apple, Google, India, Trends, Gartner, Blackberry, John Chen, Financial Post, China Apple, Alex Thurber


Canada: It Is Best To Sever Ties With Representatives Who Commit Export Controls Infractions - LexSage

On February 9, 2017, Stewart Bell wrote an article for the Financial Post entitled "Canadian company investigating branch in Iraq after logo spotted in photos of missile test".
Tags: News, Iraq, Canada, Financial Post, Stewart Bell


YouTube In-App Messaging Arrives … in Canada

The in-application messaging features YouTube has been testing at least since last May launched Wednesday, but only in Canada. Google product manager Shimrit Ben Yair spoke with Josh McConnell of Financial Post, saying that users of YouTube’s iOS and Android applications in Canada can now tap a new share button to directly share videos with other users. Users can also launch group conversations, which include interactive features such as awarding hearts to videos, McConnell reported, adding that...
Tags: Ios, Google, Android, Apps, Youtube, Messaging, Seo, Canada, Applications, Groups, Hearts, McConnell, Financial Post, Shimrit Ben Yair, Web video, Canada Google


YouTube is testing in-app messaging to take on Facebook

YouTube might be getting a lot more social and conversational in the near future. TechCrunch reports the Google-owned video platform is currently testing a new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android that will allow users to exchange clips, texts and links without ever having to leave the app. But there’s one catch: The functionality is solely available in Canada for the time being. Google product manager Shimrit Ben Yair told Canada’s Financial Post the decision to run trials on Canadian so...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Canada, Financial Post, Shimrit Ben Yair


Jumping The Gun With The Vegas Golden Kinghts

from Chad Finelstein of the Financial Post, You’d think that with an organization as strong and experienced as the National Hockey League, they’d know a thing or two about getting a new team’s full infrastructure in place before making a huge announcement. In mid-2016, after years of speculation and rumour, the NHL revealed that its newest franchise would launch in Las Vegas in time for the 2017-18 season. With a clever nod to the glitzy nightlife of Sin City, the league had decided t...
Tags: Sport, United States, Las Vegas, NHL, National Hockey League, Sin City, United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO, Financial Post


Merry New Year, CPP, EI and #MoneyTalk

Tweet The year 2017 has begun and hopefully it is a Merry New Year for all of us, given how poorly 2016 seemed to go for some of us. They’re back!!! In case you might have forgotten, CPP and EI restart for those of us who are not CEO’s or get paid over $400K. Those folks still have to pay those, but they only pay it on their first pay cheque. Curious about how much you will be paying this year? Here’s your sign: CPP for regular employees (maximum): $2,564.10 CPP for self-employed (max): $5,...
Tags: Florida, Marketing, US, Canada, Best Of, Quebec, Ottawa, Cbc Radio, Ontario, Cbc, Random Thoughts, Ny Times, CPP, Sean, Corolla, Carrick


Why Bobbi Brown’s Brand Will Survive Without Her

Beauty entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is stepping down from her eponymous brand by year’s end after 25 years of helping women define their own beauty. Brown began her career as a make-up artist and founded Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1991. She then sold it to Estée Lauder in 1995 but remained closely involved. “I would be on set and it was really difficult finding foundations that actually matched the models’ skin,” she told the Huffington Post. “When I launched the brand, I knew that I wanted any woman...
Tags: Makeup, Advertising, US, Intel, Canada, Starbucks, Kate Spade, Estee Lauder, Huffington Post, John Mcafee, Valentine, Brown, McAfee, Spade, Liz Claiborne, Teavana


Technology, the Fiduciary Duty, and the Unaffordable Legal Services Problem

The concept of a legal profession should have a strong social welfare aspect to it such that its distant goal is to make a community’s legal health as important to it as its medical health, and its lawyers as important to it as its doctors. Technology can do that. Unfortunately it is becoming a more distant and unattainable goal because our law societies are moving us in the wrong direction. All efforts are aimed at helping the population learn to live with the problem of unaffordable legal se...
Tags: Justice, Law, Youtube, Wikipedia, Toronto, Netflix, Canada, Airbnb, North America, Ontario, Financial Post, Jordan Furlong, Dan Pinnington, Practice Of Law, Noel Semple, LSUC


Dias: ‘Oh, There Will Be’ a Strike if Oshawa Not Allocated Future Products

Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the union that represents workers at Detroit Three operations in Canada, has stated in no uncertain terms there will be a strike if Oshawa is not given a mandate to produce vehicles beyond 2017, reports the Financial Post. The latest barb comes before a scheduled press conference this Friday when General Motors Canada […] The post Dias: ‘Oh, There Will Be’ a Strike if Oshawa Not Allocated Future Products appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Canada, Strike, Autos, Unifor, Oshawa, Detroit Three, Financial Post, News Blog, Union News


Net Worth Update June 2016 – Sean Cooper (+2.76%)

Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey June 2016 Net Worth Update – Team MDJ edition. A select group of readers were selected to be part of Team MDJ which was conceived after the million dollar net worth milestone was achieved in June 2014. Sean Cooper was selected as a team member and will post net worth updates on a regular basis. Here is more about Sean. Profile: Name: Sean Cooper Age: 30 Net Worth: $756,734 Day Job: Employed with a major global pension consulting firm. Family Income: $58,050...
Tags: Amazon, Marketing, Toronto, StumbleUpon, Canada, San Diego, Fintech, Shark Tank, Hgtv, Financial Post, Reader Net Worth Updates, Sean Cooper, Sean Profile, Scott McGillivray, Sean CooperNet, Bank of Mom


Loose Money and #MoneyTalk

Tweet Polymer $20 Bills The Bank of Canada’s key overnight rate stayed at 0.50% this week, so nothing much will be changing in terms of interest rates for a while longer (it seems). The statements made are: Some Might Fine Looking Money In Canada, the economy’s structural adjustment to the oil price shock continues, but is proving to be uneven. Growth in the first quarter of 2016 appears to be in line with the Bank’s April projection, although business investment and intentions remain disap...
Tags: Marketing, US, Canada, Bank, Starbucks, Best Of, Quebec, Barry, Alberta, Ottawa, Cbc, Random Thoughts, Douglas Adams, Mark, CPP, Gordon


Rogers And Playoff Hockey

The Stanley Cup playoffs have been underway for about a week.  This is the first time in generations that no Canadian teams made the playoffs.  Thus fewer Canadians are watching the playoffs.  In fact 61% fewer have watched the first days of the playoffs than last year when five Canadian teams were in the playoffs.  This is in addition to the fact that Rogers version of Hockey Night in Canada has not been as popular as the older CBC version.  Regular season viewership was down 16% this year. ...
Tags: Canada, NHL, Rogers, Cbc, Financial Post