IP Connections

Patent protection of new plant varieties

Although genetically modified plants and seeds are not patentable per se in Canada, various indirect approaches may be used to secure Canadian patent protection for such subject matter.

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The not-so-funny side of parody

Parodies surround us, not only in traditional media but also through more modern forms of media such as YouTube. While common, in the intellectual property sense the copying required as part of a parody is not always legal in Canada.

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A few words on designing a trademark

Before applying to register a trademark in Canada, there are a number of questions that should be considered. But perhaps the most important question of all is: What should the trademark look like?

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Canada: Our home and innovative land

Despite its relatively short history, Canada has been home to many of the world's brightest and most creative minds. Canadian discoveries and inventions have changed the way people live and work throughout the world.

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U.S. Court issues a red light against trademarking colours with functional benefits
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Three PPH pilot project agreements extended
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Another battle in the ongoing war of the beers
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Proposed changes to "Final Action" under the Patent Rules
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RANKINGS AND RECOGNITIONS

Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh is proud to have been recognized with four prestigious awards by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property
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Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh tops the rankings in The Best Lawyers in Canada®
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Gunars A. Gaikis, J. Christopher Robinson and Steven B. Garland named "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers
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Firm dominates in IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012
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Firm recognized in PLC's IP in Business Transactions multi-jurisdictional guide
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Firm tops the rankings in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
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Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh dominates the rankings in IP law in the 2012 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
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