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Design Protection Should Not Be Overlooked

April 25, 2018

There are many options for intellectual property protection. One form of IP that is sometimes overlooked is design protection. Design protection can be a valuable part of an overall IP strategy. It can also act as a cost-effective alternative to utility patent protection in some scenarios. Design…

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Potential Perils of Relying on Unregistered Intellectual Property Rights

May 02, 2017

Companies sometimes decide to forgo registering intellectual property rights and hope that they will have some protection under the law without having formally registered such rights.  A recent case highlighted some of the perils in attempting to rely on unregistered intellectual property rights to…

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Changes to Canadian Industrial Design Practice

March 28, 2017

Industrial design registration remains an underutilized form of intellectual property protection. In Canada, an original industrial design can be registered to protect the look and appearance of a finished article. Unlike a patent, which protects the way an article is used or functions, an industrial…

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