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Posted in: Intellectual Property

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World IP Day 2018 Theme Announced By SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Feb 23, 2018 Observed every April 26, World Intellectual Property Day was established by World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) to raise awareness of the impacts of IP on our daily life. WIPO has announced that this year’s theme for World Intellectual Property Day will be: Powering Change: Women in Innovat...

Posted in: Artificial Intelligence

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - February 21 By Aaron Baer Feb 22, 2018 This weekly update on the field of Artificial Intelligence identifies three articles worth reading and several upcoming events that may be worth checking out if you're in the area!

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Online Advertising Method Survives Alice at the PTAB By Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Feb 20, 2018 In 2012, a fledgling startup, AdSupply Inc., filed a patent application for a method for delivering leave behind ads which are displayed behind the browser window when a user leaves a website. These ads are considered to be one of the most effective ad formats for high viewability and user engage...

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Patented Love: Our Selection of Innovations for the Romantic at Heart By SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Feb 14, 2018 With Valentine’s Day upon us, one would rightly suspect that there is already an abundance of patents and patent applications related to online dating software. But if you're really in the mood for love, here are some less obvious technologies dedicated to romance.

Posted in: Artificial Intelligence

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry – Weekly Update – February 13, 2018 By Aaron Baer Feb 13, 2018 Quote of the Week “Getting people used to being at the top of their personal silo to instead be a piece of an enterprise is a challenge no law firm I know has accomplished effectively.” (Patrick Lamb) Three Articles Worth Reading The Data-Driven Lawyer and the Future of Legal Technolo...

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Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Society More dangerous ravings of a carbon-based life form By Donald B. Johnston Feb 12, 2018 Most scientists think that the same rules apply to a machine as apply to us and to animals: perception of surroundings, goal-making, reconnoitering, solving problems and measuring results. You can add to that, maybe, maximizing chances of success by taking appropriate actions, both from the outse...

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Human Rights Complaint on “Chief Wahoo” (Cleveland Indians) Logo to Proceed – Update on Law of Controversial Sports Logos By Ken Clark and Shannon L. Corregan Feb 08, 2018 MLB (or at least the Cleveland Indians) appears to be listening to the winds of change. Last week, on Jan. 29, 2018, the team announced that it would no longer be using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019. Will this be the first domino in the chain? This case opens up the pos...

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry – Weekly Update – February 6, 2018 By Aaron Baer Feb 06, 2018 Food for Thought A few times a year, I take the train down to Montreal to visit my grandmother. In the past, my grandmother would give me detailed instructions to get to her house once I got off the train. She would remind me that I could take one bus that comes at 8:00 or another bus across the ...

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National Inventors Hall of Fame Have Named Their 2018 Inductees By SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Feb 02, 2018 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established the National Inventors Hall of Fame as an outreach program that highlights historic, groundbreaking U.S. patents that have had a significant impact. The Hall of Fame searches for these inspirational inventors and accepts nominations through...

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Cannabis Trademarks Remain Unregistrable in U.S. Despite Federal Circuit’s Ruling in Re: Brunetti By Ken Clark and Dillon Collett Jan 31, 2018 In a decision released on December 15, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down the Lanham Act’s ban on registering “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks as an unconstitutional violation of free speech. Re Brunetti removes a significant barrier to registering marks for cannab...

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Super Bowl® Technology: A Mix of Old and New By Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Jan 30, 2018 In honour of the Super Bowl® this coming weekend, the incredibly impressive broadcasting innovations in televised sports deserve some discussion. Those yellow lines on the field, which are visible and accurate despite snow and many moving bodies, require significant behind-the-scenes efforts and ...

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry – Weekly Update – January 30, 2018 By Aaron Baer Jan 30, 2018 Our latest weekly update discusses law firms launching legal tech incubators in their offices, the importance for lawyers to learn to scope work effectively, and the industrialization of the legal industry.

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Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Society The dangerous ravings of a carbon-based life form By Donald B. Johnston Jan 29, 2018 Artificial intelligence, and its science and principles, have been around since the 1980s and even a bit before. However, until now, the prerequisites to “AI” – big data and massive and fast computing power – have not been readily available. That has all changed. We have all the power we need and...

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Canadian Patent Appeal Board Adopts a New Approach to Attack Patents for Lack of Utility By Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Jan 24, 2018 In Canada, as in most other jurisdictions, a claimed invention must be useful; this is usually a minimal requirement that is easy to meet. In Canada, when utility is not demonstrated through examples in the specification, it must be soundly predicted as of the Canadian filing date.

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry – Weekly Update – January 24, 2018 By Aaron Baer Jan 24, 2018 Quote of the Week "The lawyer theory of value — solving legal problems one at a time with smart lawyers — is an unstated and unexamined preference of lawyers, not a viable long-term solution for the clients they serve." – D. Casey Flaherty Three Articles Worth Reading Why Lawyer...

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Record Breaking Numbers in Patent Filings in 2016 By SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Jan 23, 2018 The World Intellectual Property Organization recently published their World Intellectual Property Indicators for 2017, documenting many developments that shaped the global intellectual property system in 2016. One of the interesting reports was the statistics for patent application filings. More ...

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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry – Weekly Update – January 19, 2018 By Aaron Baer Jan 19, 2018 Quote of the Week "The legal industry is no longer solely about lawyers, and that’s one of the principal drivers of change. Law is now a three-legged stool supported by legal, technological, and business expertise." – Mark A. Cohen, Elevate Three Articles Worth Reading Deloitte B...

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Little Miss Books Adds a Role Model By SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Jan 18, 2018 Finally, a Little Miss character to spark the imagination of budding young female engineers and scientists: Little Miss Inventor. Coming in March 2018, Little Miss Inventor, pictured ready with pencils and a wrench in her hair, is described as “full of ideas, which she turns into extraordinary in...
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Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Industry – An Upcoming Series on Technology and Changes to the Legal Services Industry from the BigLaw Perspective By Aaron Baer Jan 15, 2018 While lawyers have long had a monopoly on the provision of legal services, there is no disputing that the legal industry is undergoing rapid change. It is less certain, however, what form this change will take. Most writing on legal technology is either from the point of view of the legal technol...

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Embracing Artificial Intelligence at Your Law Firm 3 Keys to Successfully Introducing AI By Aaron Baer Jan 05, 2018 Advances in technology are transforming entire industries: Airbnb and Uber have wreaked havoc on the hotel and taxi industries; Netflix and online-streaming have turned the media industry on its head; self-driving cars are set to revolutionize the automotive industry.

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How Blockchains Will Change Stockholder Democracy By Donald B. Johnston Dec 14, 2017 On August 1, the new Delaware Blockchain Initiative became law. Thanks to this initiative, the Delaware General Corporation Law now permits Delaware corporations to register their shares of stock, and transfers of shares, on a blockchain.

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Texting and the Expectation of Privacy By Donald B. Johnston Dec 11, 2017 The Supreme Court of Canada published an important judgment on December 8, 2017, concerning whether or not Canadians have the right to expect that their texting conversations will remain private. Interestingly, the judgment of the court was split – which shows that even the cleverest lawyers can ...

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Proposed Amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations By Kitt Sinden, M.Sc. Dec 05, 2017 Proposed regulations amending the Patented Medicines Regulations were published on December 2, 2017, in the Canada Gazette Part 1 for a 75-day public consultation.

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‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings By Stephen Zolf Sep 29, 2017 Yesterday’s posts (here and here) outlined Netflix’s agreement with the government to invest a minimum of $500 million in original productions in Canada over the next five years. Under the agreement, Netflix “will also work to promote Canadian films and programs on its platform ...
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