Our Intellectual Property group assists clients in identifying and protecting their knowledge, copyright, trademark, domain name and technology-based assets, as well as in disputes against those who may attempt to trade on our clients’ goodwill or reputation.
Trademark Registration - The major benefit of registration is evidence of ownership. If anyone attempts to “pass-off” his or her product as our client’s, a registered trademark is proof it belongs to him or her. Registration also avoids issues before they become a problem. If our client has a new product, we can ensure that our client does not mistakenly use a mark that may already be in the marketplace.
Internet Domain Name - Internet based businesses and the virtual marketplace offer unique opportunities and unique problems. We have the knowledge and experience to help our clients’ take advantage of these opportunities and avoid or resolve problems. We can help make sure that business identities are maintained in the virtual world, such as proper registration of our client’s name, enforcing legal rights against those who purposely register a spelling variant or a deliberate misspelling for the purpose of attracting “miss-hits” (e.g. Oreo vs. Oreos) or using a client name or that of their product by way of improper meta-tags to steer customers to an imposter’s website or interfere with search engines or internet based indexes for the same purpose.
Copyright - Copying of software, books, movies, music, videos, videogames or the showing of live events for public viewing without permission or authorization is infringement of copyright and possibly a breach of other federal statutes such as the Radiocommunication Act. We assist authors, licensed distributors, musicians and software developers with copyright registration, licensing and other agreements to protect their works and to ensure that those who are intended to benefit from the works are able to do so by maintaining the integrity of the system. We also offer significant litigation support for the protection and enforcement of copyrights before the Federal Court of Canada and act as a leader in the enforcement and protection of satellite and internet based broadcasts.
Our group also has corporate, commercial and litigation support to protect all your intellectual property rights.