Business & Legal Issues - Intellectual Property

  • Protecting cannabis IP

    Protecting cannabis IP

    Jan 14, 2019

    The growth and use of cannabis in Canada isn’t new; it’s been legal for regulated medical use since 2001 and has been used recreationally for much longer, albeit illegally.

  • Intellectual property law in the cannabis sector

    Intellectual property law in the cannabis sector

    Nov 2, 2018

    With recreational cannabis now legal in Canada, how has intellectual property law evolved and relate to the cannabis sector? Christie Bates, associate at McMillan LLP in Toronto, shares her expertise.

  • Ready to Launch: Considerations in Launching Your Cannabis Brand

    Ready to Launch: Considerations in Launching Your Cannabis Brand

    Oct 19, 2018

    In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the word "cannabis" and/or "marijuana". This dwarfs the 847 such applications filed in 2017.

  • Cannabis IP strategy in an uncertain regulatory environment

    Cannabis IP strategy in an uncertain regulatory environment

    Sep 21, 2018

    We are witnesses to the birth of an entirely new industry in Canada: the legal production and distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes. Struggles for market dominance are already underway as contenders scramble for the pole position before the starter pistol sounds on Oct. 17.

  • Trademark update

    Trademark update

    Sep 17, 2018

    Set to come into effect next year, the legislative changes to the Trade-marks Act will bring Canada in line with international treaties and make trademark applications faster.

  • Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy

    Plant breeders’ rights overlooked in cannabis IP strategy

    Jun 11, 2018

    Lawyers are encouraging cannabis producers to include plant breeders’ rights in their business’s intellectual property strategy, especially as cannabis is set to become legal this year.

  • The Countdown to Legalization: Marijuana and IP law

    The Countdown to Legalization: Marijuana and IP law

    May 3, 2018

    In the fourth video of this series, Law Times looks into how intellectual property law ties in with marijuana, as the substance is set to be legalized in Canada this summer.

  • The green rush to register cannabis trademarks

    The green rush to register cannabis trademarks

    Apr 30, 2018

    The so-called “green rush” to profit from the recreational cannabis industry has been generating a lot of excitement — and professional billings — lately.

  • Managing growth and change in-house

    Managing growth and change in-house

    Apr 30, 2018

    Some days, it can be a challenge for in-house counsel to know where to focus their time, between managing changes to legislation on the labour and employment front in many provinces this year, anticipating the introduction of legalized recreational cannabis and implications for the workplace, to juggling the growth of their own organizations.

  • Cannabis IP rights will be a key issue, say lawyers

    Cannabis IP rights will be a key issue, say lawyers

    Nov 1, 2017

    Businesses developing new cannabis varieties should look into patent, trade secret or plant breeders’ rights protections for their product — and the earlier the better.