Region: Canada

WiLAN explains IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to others

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that…

23 January 2018

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi…

05 December 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the…

20 November 2017

Identifying and enforcing trade secrets

Trade secrets allow businesses to obtain a commercial advantage over competitors which do not know or cannot use the secret. However, the secret must be managed carefully to avoid loss of rights.

01 November 2017

Dotting the ‘.com’ and crossing the ‘.sucks’: how to manage your domain name portfolio

Domain name strategy and portfolio management should be a key component of a brand’s overall IP strategy ‒ a mindful, measured and disciplined approach is crucial.

25 October 2017

(The cult of) personality rights in Canada

Personality – including, name, voice, likeness and signature – can have tremendous commercial value. Although lagging somewhat, personality protection can be found in Canadian trademark law, in common law under the torts of misappropriation of personality and passing off, and under privacy statues.   

18 October 2017

CBSA accepting tips on imports of dangerous counterfeit and pirated goods

The Canada Border Services Agency's confirmation that its Border Watch Line accepts information on shipments of dangerous counterfeit or pirated goods destined for Canada is welcome news for rights holders that deal in goods which could, in the wrong hands, pose health, safety or security concerns to Canadians.

11 October 2017

Mark Kokes - the final interview before he departed BlackBerry head of IP licensing role

Last month we broke the news that BlackBerry VP of IP, licensing and standards, Mark Kokes, had unexpectedly left the company in mid-August, without a replacement being named. Last week the company released its latest quarterly figures – showing a…

06 October 2017

Use in Canada, get it before it’s gone: Federal Court provides clarity on claiming use

The Federal Court of Canada has provided some clarity on claiming use in Canada as a trademark filing basis, although some ambiguity remains. Ironically, this comes just as Canadian trademark law is on the cusp of a fundamental change to do away with use as a requirement for trademark registration.

04 October 2017

After licensing head’s exit, BlackBerry IP revenues top $50 million for second quarter

BlackBerry saw its IP revenues almost double in the second quarter, jumping from $32 million in the first three months of the fiscal year to $56 million for the period ending August 31st (the company accounts on a March to February fiscal year). On…

02 October 2017

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