Possible Canada Post Service Disruption

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Canada Post Service DisruptionCanada Post has advised us that there is a possibility of a service disruption on or after July 2, 2016. In order to ensure we receive your correspondence during the possible service disruption, please correspond with us via email or by fax at 613-563-9231.

In the event of a service disruption, please do not send payments via regular mail.  We would be pleased to accept payments by wire, e-transfer or credit card.  Please contact us for further details. We will provide an update as soon as we have further information.

Write Your Own Story | Sheema Khan | TEDxKanata

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ted talkWhy is it important to write our own story? It speaks to our individuality, our independence, our integrity. It speaks to our humanity. Use the pen of your conscience to write your own story.

As a toddler, Sheema Khan emigrated from India to Montreal, where she immersed herself in Quebecois culture and quickly became fluent in French. Currently a patent agent in Ottawa, she is also a published author, soccer player and hockey mom.

The path to patent agent has been an interesting one: She holds a Masters in Physics and a PhD in Chemical Physics, both from Harvard University. After completing post-doctoral research at MIT and McGill, Sheema worked as an R&D scientist in pharmaceutical sciences and is an inventor with numerous patents in drug delivery technology.

In addition, since 2002, she has been a monthly columnist for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. A collection of her columns have been published in the book Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman. In 2012, she was a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. View video.

Canada has work to do to stand out as an innovation economy

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innovation economyIn his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized five key points as the basis of a fourth industrial revolution: education, infrastructure, innovation, population diversity and public-private investment. Make no mistake – the knowledge economy is here to stay. Or, as Mr. Trudeau put it: “What it takes to grow and prosper isn’t just what’s under our feet, it’s what’s between our ears.” Read more.

Would Canada champion an innovator like Ahmed Mohamed?

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Ahmed MohamedAs an inventor, I know that Ahmed Mohamed will pursue his passion to invent. The spark of curiosity never dies; setbacks only strengthen one’s resolve to create, to perfect, to dream. Ahmed’s jarring collision with Islamophobia, followed by widespread support, has strengthened his resolve to fight on behalf of others. Ahmed told CNN: “The support isn’t just for me but for everyone who has been through this. I will fight for you if you can’t stand up for yourself.” Read more.

The pros & cons of practising IP

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Plant Breeders’ ActWhen we refer to IP, we typically hear about patents, trademarks, copyright, and industrial design, but there is so much more. Protecting cannabis seeds under the Plant Breeders’ Act; registering a sound or scent as a trademark; cyber squatters and new gtlds; request for assistance to the Canadian Border Services Agency for copyright and trademark owners; the use of trademarks in commercial advertising in Quebec and the Charter of the French Language. Read more.

Trademark Act – Exciting times ahead

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Trademarks ActThe alarm bells started ringing just over a year ago. Canada was finally taking the plunge — joining the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty, and harmonising its intellectual property framework with the laws of its major trading partners. Given the magnitude of the proposed changes and the procedural modifications that would be required to put them in place, that timeline seemed impracticably short and the push to fast-track the legislation seemed shortsighted. Read more.

More power at the Canadian border

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counterfeit goodsCanada has long been criticised for its policies regarding the combating of counterfeit goods, especially regarding the border enforcement of intellectual property rights.The system is new and untested, and is far from perfect, but it arguably brings Canada’s enforcement procedures on to the same playing field as other developed countries in terms of the enforcement of copyright and trademark rights at the border. Read more.


Navigating an ‘excessively formalistic’ copyright regime

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canadian copyright actThe Canadian Copyright Act requires that all assignments of, and grants of interest by licence in, a copyrighted work must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner or the owner’s authorized agent. In cases where an author did not execute an assignment document but intended to assign copyright, courts have still traditionally refused to impose equitable assignments, given the clear wording of the legislative provisions. Read more.


New anti-counterfeiting measures in Canada

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New anti-counterfeiting measures in CanadaCanada has long been criticised for its policies regarding combating counterfeit goods, and especially regarding the border enforcement of intellectual property. The recent proclamation into force of certain provisions of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (CCPA) on 1 January, however, gives trademark and copyright owners a relatively straightforward mechanism for combating infringing goods at the border. Read more.