Archive for April, 2005

World IP Day

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Today is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.

Declared in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this is World IP Day’s fifth anniversary, with the theme Think, Imagine, Create geared towards inspiring youth.

WIPO has more information about World IP Day on their website, including a multimedia version of “Your Own World of […]


Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Eugene Meehan, Q.C. publishes a wonderful electronic newsletter called L@wLetter in which he provides us Canadian lawyers with “hot-off-the-press” summaries on Supreme Court of Canada decisions, allowing us to be kept up to date on Canada’s most recent jurisprudence.

Every now and then our Supreme Court will deal with an important intellectual property law […]

Dance to the music

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

As expected, the appeal of the case of BMG Canada Inc v John Doe was heard this Wednesday by our Federal Court of Appeal (see my earlier post). Last year our Federal Court had ruled that the downloading of a song, for a person’s private use, does not constitute Copyright infringement.

The Federal […]

Director of Intellectual Property

Monday, April 18th, 2005

I’m not usually in the habit of posting job openings, but I received a very nice email from the HR Coordinator at D-Wave Systems Inc. in Vancouver, B.C.

D-Wave is looking to hire a Director of Intellectual Property. Further information about their job openings can be found here and then clicking on Director of Intellectual […]

Music Downloading Case to Court of Appeal

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Apparently the appeal of the case of BMG Canada Inc v John Doe will be heard this week by our Federal Court of Appeal.

That case is where our Federal Court held that the downloading of a song, for a person’s private use, does not constitute Copyright infringement.

Today, the National Post published a […]

Einstein’s Brain

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Einstein’s death. It is also been 100 years since he stunned the world with science’s most famous equation, E=mc2.

A neat (or perhaps disturbing and morbit) article on today’s entitled “Doctor kept Einstein’s brain in jar 43 years” therefore caught my eye.

Albert Einstein’s first job […]

Law Day Presentation

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Yours truly will be giving a presentation tomorrow (Saturday) at the Red Deer Court House entitled “Music Downloading, File Sharing and Copyright” as part of the 2005 Law Day Event. Organized by the Canadian Bar Association, Law Day’s theme is Access to Justice and offers the public an opportunity to learn about the law […]

Podcasting in the Great White North

Thursday, April 14th, 2005 has a wonderful article today about podcasting and how these audio blogs are the new on-demand radio.

The article notes that eight months ago there were no podcasts but that there are now more than 4,000, in a wealth of genres, including music shows, technology shows, comedy programs, current events, pop culture, sports, […]

Summary of major Canadian IP Decisions in 2004

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Torys LLP published a good article in today’s Mondaq Article Service entitled Canada: How 2004’s Court Decisions Have Changed IP Law. The article discusses the major Canadian cases that were decided in 2004, including:

Monsanto Canada Inc v Schmeiser where the Supreme Court of Canada held that genes and cells are patentable […]

Board Game Patents

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Every now and then I have an inventor approach me in regards to a patent for a new board game. One of the first questions I’m asked is “can I patent my board game idea?”

It is for that reason that an article in today’s San Francisco dBusinessNews (with the lenghty title “North America […]

Quick Patent-related Links

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Some quick links: reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a patent for Smucker’s method of making peanut butter and jelly pocket-sized pastries. Smucker’s already owns a patent for crustless sandwiches (see CA 2,254,445).’s Insider Reports has a good article examining Google’s patent.

BusinessWeek has an article which asks the question Did RIM Pay […]

Copyright, copyright and more copyright

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

As Michael Geist observes in his article Camping out for copyright in today’s “there’s something happening here”.

Mr. Geist notes that we appear to be in the midst of profound changes in the way people access, distribute, and create content, that it has significant implications for how we define the stakeholders in the […]

More on the Technicoil / Savanna Energy Patent Litigation

Monday, April 4th, 2005

A few weeks ago I posted that Technicoil Corp., and partner oil rig operator Nabors Canada, filed a lawsuit over alleged patent violations against Savanna Energy Services Corp. and that they asked the Canadian Federal Court to protect their prior rights to their earlier filed patent application (Canada is a first-to-file country).

Apparently the battle […]