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  • Clarity needed in estates after divorce
    Jacob Kaufman says lawyers sometimes encounter estates involving couples who have separated but not divorced.

    Clarity needed in estates after divorce

    The failure to clarify spousal status following divorce and update a will can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death.

  • Data release ordered
    Alyssa Tomkins says a recent Federal Court ruling ‘really offers an opportunity for Canada to take the lead on transparency of clinical trial data.’

    Data release ordered

    Canada can remain at the forefront of clinical trial transparency after the Federal Court ordered the release of data to a public health researcher, according to the university professor’s lawyer.

  • Foreign businesses can keep their marks
    Jamie-Lynn Kraft says a pair of recent decisions is good news for non-Canadian businesses looking to protect their brands in this country.

    Foreign businesses can keep their marks

    Intellectual property lawyers say Canada’s trademark law is catching up with the modern world after a pair of federal court decisions allowing foreign businesses to keep their marks despite having no physical presence in the country.

  • Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights
    Lorne Lipkus says he’s embarrassed to tell people where he comes from when appearing at international conferences focused on intellectual property protection and enforcement.

    Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Canada fully deserves its spot on the U.S. Trade Representative’s notorious priority watch list for intellectual property rights thanks to its failure to stop the flow of counterfeit goods through the country’s ports, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?
    Graham Honsa says a recent SCC decision that Rogers can recover some of its costs for complying with Norwich orders may end up accounting for the bulk of the expense to plaintiffs engaging in mass copyright litigation.

    Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    It’s too early to tell whether a Supreme Court of Canada decision on who should bear the cost of identifying alleged online pirates will stem the tide of mass copyright infringement litigation, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Starting a new firm means hard work, networking
    Andrew Faith says starting a new firm requires constant networking.

    Starting a new firm means hard work, networking

    For many lawyers who start out working for a national or well-established firm or as a junior to someone prominent in the field, there comes a time when thoughts turn to going out on one’s own or with a few colleagues.

  • AI technology can enhance a practice
    Isi Caulder says the main benefit of AI products already on the market is the ability to take large amounts of data to make informed predictions.

    AI technology can enhance a practice

    Artificial intelligence may seem imposing to members of the legal profession who are wary of terms such as “cognitive technologies” or “digital distruption.”

  • Advocacy skills crucial for lawyers’ development
    Sonia Bjorkquist says for those who aspire to practise in the field of civil or commercial litigation, there are now fewer opportunities to develop their skills in an actual courtroom.

    Advocacy skills crucial for lawyers’ development

    It has been a decade since the four-and-half-month period of practical skills training was eliminated as a result of major changes to the bar admissions requirements in Ontario.

  • Traditional marketing by lawyers can work
    Jaye Hooper says she had made concerns about some kinds of lawyer advertising clear to the Law Society of Ontario.

    Traditional marketing by lawyers can work

    While it may seem to be an anachronism to anyone who is newer to the profession, it was not that many years ago that one of the major marketing decisions for lawyers was whether to take out an advertisement in the Yellow Pages that serviced the local community.

  • Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed
    Avvy Go says she prefers the ‘modified objective’ test endorsed in the minority judgment in R. v. Wong.

    Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed

    Immigration lawyers say a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada drives home the need for criminal defence counsel to bolster their immigration law knowledge in order to properly represent non-citizen clients.

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