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ADVERTISING WITH ONLINE REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS: What are the Rules?

With the explosion of social media and online retailers, online reviews and endorsements have become an important tool for both consumers to research purchases and businesses to advertise. But when the line between independent reviews and advertisements is blurred, there can be legal consequences.

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Patents & the Doctrine of Promised Utility in Canada

In November, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal respecting the controversial “promised utility doctrine” that has recently threatened the validity of many patents issued in Canada. This article explains the controversy and its impact on international patentees like the pharmaceutical industry

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Youtube Exception is Subject to Conditions

This exception was introduced into the Canadian Copyright Act in 2012 for user-generated content that is derived from pre-existing works, like a "mash-up" of video clips from multiple sources. It is often forgotten that such content must satisfy a number of conditions to qualify for the exception.

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