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Relationships, issues around intellectual property, emerging technologies

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily, (www.thelawyersdaily.ca) a division of LexisNexis Canada.” Author: Marsha S. Cadogan | 3 min read What is the relationship between emerging technologies and intellectual property (IP)? Innovations in emerging technologies often bring new products to market, create differentiated services, or change how consumers interact with...

The Intellectual Property Aspects of Franchising (Part I)

MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law | 5 min read A franchise agreement is a specific type of contractual relationship in which one entity (the franchisor) allows other firms (the franchisee) to use its business model as the basis for operating their business. The franchise model may relate to the use of a manufacturing process, a right to distribute products, or to use a specific...

Blockchain & Intellectual Property: Three Intersections for 2020

Author: Marsha S. Cadogan, MSC Intellectual Property and Technology Law 2020 is bound to be a year marked with the development of greater and more sophisticated technologies. This will likely be the same narrative in the blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DTL) space. What are the most relevant relationships between intellectual property and blockchain and DTL? See three relevant...

Booking.com: Domain Names and Trademark Registration in the United States

MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law | 3 min read As digital platforms become a more popular way of doing business, many entrepreneurs are turning attention to how they differentiate their products or services on the internet. In a commercial context, a domain name is often used as a way of identifying and differentiating one business services from that of another on the internet. For...

Have You Heard About WIPO Proof? More Ways of Safeguarding Your IP

Are you looking for ways to boost how you safeguard your IP assets? WIPO has just launched an IP proofing platform that enable right holders to timestamp and electronically record relevant information about their IP. The service provides a digital certificate to protect IP assets, verifying and time stamping relevant IP data. Users also have the option of requesting a premium certificate, to...

Managing trademarks in COVID-19 times

By: Marsha S. Cadogan (PhD, Intellectual Property), Barrister & Solicitor| MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law What role does trademark play in differentiating products in consumer markets? If your product has acquired a good reputation in consumer markets, how can you mitigate against mis-use of the brand? Commerce continues to be an essential part of our lives in COVID-19 times,...

CIPR Vol#35: Prospects and Limits of Blockchain Technologies in Global Protection of Food-based GIs

Authored by Marsha S. Cadogan, the article on blockchain technologies intersection with geographical indications is available for download from IPIC's Canadian Intellectual Property Review webpage (published March 11, 2020). The article deals with (i) blockchain technologies use in the IP space, (ii) how blockchain technologies, including smart contracts may be useful to geographical indication...