Archive for September, 2005

Tri-Vision - Best Buy patent lawsuit settled

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Further to my earlier posting “Best Buy, maybe not”, it looks like Tri-Vision International Ltd. has now discontinued its patent infringement lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc. and Best Buy Canada Ltd. See today’s press release on Yahoo Finance.

Tri-Vision, owner of the patent covering V-chip television technology, had taken the uncommon step in […]

Canadian Copyright Summit and New Copyright Book

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

If you’re in Ottawa tomorrow the Techlaw Copyright Summit is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon. This event is open to the public at large.

To start off the Summit, the new Creative Commons licensed book entitled In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law and edited by professor Michael Geist, will be […]

Patents curb Competition

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Interesting little article on, entitled Canada Patent Ruling Curbs Competition Enforcement, Lawyer Says.

Apparently our Federal Court of Appeal today heard the case between Eli Lilly & Co. and Apotex Inc. about whether Lilly and Japanese drug maker Shionogi & Co. were engaged in conduct that was contrary to section 45 of our […]

Solar-Assisted Toyota Prius

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

There was a neat article the other day about Canadian Inventor Steve Lapp who modified his Toyota Prius hybrid car to accept additional power input from a set of solar panels he installed on the top of the car’s roof.

The inventor estimates that this complementary technology could result in a 25% to 33% reduction in […]

Fun Trade-marks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

This week’s Trade-marks Journal had a few amusing trade-mark applications advertised, including:

BRA STRAP - 1,207,627, by Paul Glover, trading as Fun Time Fishing, in relation to… fishing lures and fishing accessories;

HEAVENLY HOOKERS - 1,221,567, by Heavenly Hookers Inc. in relation to… (no not that)… crochet hooks and crochet craft patterns;

NAKED BLUE CULTURE - 1,222,244, by […]

Patent Searching Resource

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I received a nice email this morning introducing me to a new free patent searching site,

It allows one to search the USPTO patents and published applications, and some European patents, at the same time. It also provides one with free multi-page PDF downloads.

Patenting Movie Scripts

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Via Greg Aharonian’s Internet Patent News Service.

Apparent there was a provocative article in a recent edition of Forbes, entitled Box Office Patents, which suggest that movie scripts should be patentable subject matter. The article notes that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office already approves patents for software, business methods and role-playing […]

Fun Trade-marks

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This week’s Trade-marks Journal had a few amusing trade-mark applications advertised, including:

BADASS WINES - 1,245,869, by Niagara Cellars Inc. in relation to, what else, wines;

NAUGHTY NOIR - 1,245,874, also by Niagara Cellars Inc. in relation to wines;

BELCHER - 1,236,165, by Go Fast Sports & Beverage Company in relation to soft drinks and clothing. Maybe […]

CRIA Applauds Australian Kazaa Decision

Monday, September 5th, 2005

In a press-release today, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) welcomed a Federal Court of Australia ruling that effectively outlaws the Internet file-swapping operator Kazaa in Australia.

From a Canadian perspective, however, this same case might have had a very different outcome if tried under our copyright law.

For one, there is no “making […]