'Bombshell' Canadian Patent Ruling Seen Favoring Foreign Companies (Bloomberg)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, comments on a Canadian Supreme Court ruling that overhauls patent law: “Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy laws in the world along with some of the friendliest patent rules for patent holders."
Next-Level Revenge Porn: AnonIB Lets Users Trade & Sell Nude Photos of Women (Flare)
Jane Bailey, Faculty of Law, explains that it's "a crime in Canada to non-consensually distribute an intimate image of someone."
Trademark jurisdiction becomes focus of Cleveland Indians' Ontario court case (The Globe and Mail)
Teresa Scassa, Faculty of Law, explains that trademarks are negative rights, allowing the holder to stop others from using their logos and brands.
A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world (Yahoo! News)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Social Sciences, explains that a Supreme Court of Canada ruling ordering Google to stop showing search results for a company accused of fraudcould carry some weight around the world.
Canada on track to violate three UN drug treaties (iPolitics)
Steve Hoffman, Faculty of Law, explains that as Canada risks violating UN drug treaties under the country’s timeline to legalize recreational pot, it becomes more difficult to argue other countries should meet their own international commitments.
Canada, Not as Nice as You Thought (OZY)
The article mentions incidents reported in the book Colour-Coded, by Constance Backhouse, Faculty of Law, which discusses the legal history of racism in Canada.
Focus: OMB changes mean restrictions on appeals (Law Times)
Alan Cohen, Faculty of Law, comments on the proposed changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which includes renaming the planning agency.
Global Google gag upheld over counterfeit allegations (Securing Industry)
According to a blog post by Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, the Supreme Court focused just on the commercial aspects of the case and did not address the broader implications of the decision that puts freedom of speech and access to information at risk.
RECENT SUPREME COURT PATENT RULING COULD PUT CANADIAN COMPANIES AT A DISADVANTAGE (BETAKIT)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, told Bloomberg that the ruling raises "serious questions about Canadian patent law and the prospect of creating patent barriers to new innovation."
The Future of California's Cap-and-Trade Program: Policy Choices and Implications for Cross-Border Linkage (Resources for the Future)
Stewart Elgie, uOttawa Institute of the Environment, is a speaker in an online panel discussion - California is in the process of defining the next chapter of its innovative greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program.
Drug pricing reforms promising but problematic [News] (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
Amir Attaran, Faculty of Law, explains that Australia, Belgium, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and Spain are good countries used for drug price comparisons.