IP Pick of the Week Archive
It was July 1, 1980 that Governor General Edward Schreyer proclaimed into force the National Anthem Act, which made “O Canada” the official anthem of Canada and declared the music and lyrics to be in the public domain. Canadian Heritage has an interesting history of the copyright status of “O Canada” here.
A new book “Networked: The New Social Operating System” explores how social networks, the personalized internet and always-on mobile connectivity are transforming, and expanding, social life. Available here.
For those of you who are interested in upcoming legislation,openparliament is a great place to easily keep track of debates and votes on proposed bills. If you would like to follow the recent debates on Canadian copyright reform (Bill C-11), they have an excellent website here.
Our friends at Slaw have an interesting article this week entitled “Lights, Camera…Judgement!” by Toronto lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye discussing some of the tensions between the open court principle and the need to retain dignity and decorum in the courts when considering whether courts should be allowed in the courtroom.
We would like to congratulate Meg Luxton & Mary Jane Mossman on their new book, Reconsidering Knowledge: Feminism and the Academy (Fernwood Publishing 2012) published in honour of the U50 Celebrations at York University. Among the excellent articles is one by Margaret Thornton, “Upside Down: The Impact of the New Knowledge Economy.” Click here for details.
The team at lifehacker posted a great article explaining how to check if your Mac has been infected by the “Flashback” Trojan. CBC reports that an official “Flashback” removal tool will be released by Apple in the near future; however, if you use a mac, it can’t hurt to check whether or not your computer is affected.
Our friends at slaw.ca posted a great tweet the other day linking to a beautiful infographic put together by the team at informationisbeautiful.net. The printable infographic breaks down a number of “rhetological fallacies” commonly used in flawed argumentation.
Canadian novelist John Degan has a new podcast called The Book Room. John built a beautiful personal library, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves, deep leather armchairs, tasteful lighting, a microphone and, of course, a wild puma curled up in the corner (just to keep things interesting). Once a week, he’ll be welcoming an author, poet or publisher into his little book room for an informal chat about their life and work. This week’s podcast features Robert Levine, who was just a featured guest at IP Osgoode’s Speaker Series Event on March 22nd.
Florida Lawyer Michael J Colitz, Jr., features a gallery of wacky patents on his website. Highlights include a portable bar, motorized ice cream cone, birthing machine, and “clock for keeping time at a rate other than human time”.
Alan Macek a lawyer with Dimock Stratton LLP, runs a useful website called ippractice.ca. In addition to an interesting blog, a handy patent retrieval tool, and a simple docket browser function, Alan’s site provides a daily email update that aggregates important IP related decisions from the Federal Court, CIPO, CIRA, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Professor Daniel Gervais at the Vanderbilt University Law School runs a blog called The TRIPS Agreement. The blog tracks current intellectual property law issues related to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
Back in January, Dave Mosher at Wired Science put together a gallery of the sixteen best science visualizations of 2011. The gallery includes images and visualizations ranging from a macro shot of toxic barbs on a cucumber’s skin and nanoscopic flakes of metal to a deconstruction of the Ebola virus.
Looking for a Valentine’s Day Card for that special someone? Check out these US Patent themed Valentine’s Day Cards. Created by Steve Hoefer at Grathio Labs, there are 6 unique card designs available for download as pdfs.
Everyone’s favourite advertising day of the year came and went on Sunday. For those unable to enjoy an American feed of the Superbowl, the NFL has posted a complete archive of all the US ads.
The Centre for Social Media at American Univeristy, in conjunction with the Association of Research Libraries and AU’s Washington College of Law, has announced the creation of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. Also, take a look at the video, educational materials including FAQs and briefings, and deep-drive (law journal articles that provide further data to support the best-practices approach to using one’s free speech rights under the doctrine of fair use).
Tim Mantoani has produced a project called Behind Photographs; a unique look at photographers and their most famous photographs. The Wired blog, Rawfile, has published a gallery with a preview of some of the most famous examples here.
KISS rock star and frontman Gene Simmons lectured at London Business School; a unique view on life, business, and economics, and the odd bit of love for bankers: MBAs & Rock Stars: Gene Simmons’ Dream Big.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s “CLawBies”, the Canadian Law Blog Awards. Among them, Lexpert named James Gannon’s IP Blog, written by an IP/IT lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault (a sponsor of IP Osgoode).
The Supreme Court of Canada heard five major copyright cases involving music, the Internet, mobile devices, videogames, and the copying of educational print materials. These hearings, held on December 6-7, 2011, can be viewed via archived webcasts.
A recent edition of Bird & Bird’s Copyright Levy Newsletter summarizes the complex state of copyright levies in Europe.
The Osgoode Entertainment and Sports Law Association (ESLA) has launched its own blog at www.esla-osgoode.ca. The blog is a forum for students to write about current issues and developments in the sports and entertainment industries.
IP Osgoode’s own Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji is quoted by the Financial Post in “Patent Dragon Awakes“: “[China] understood if they had very strong patent system at [an early] stage in their development there will only be payment to foreign patent owners.”
During BBC 6 Music’s inaugural John Peel Lecture, Pete Townshend referred to iTunes as a “digital vampire” and then suggested what it could do to nurture new talent, as many radio stations do.
The Globe and Mail has reported on Pierre Lassonde’s $25-million gift to York University, which is part of a $100-million initiative to expand the Faculty of Science & Engineering.
How do we educate students to become entrepreneurs? The New York Times considers this question in its article, “Will Dropouts Save America?”
Research In Motion has announced that it is making an array of premium apps available for free as an expression of its appreciation for its customers.
The Grand Re-Opening Celebration for Osgoode Hall Law School is taking place this Sunday, October 16, 2011, 1:30pm-5:00pm. Please join us!
“How to Live Before You Die” is the commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in June 2005. Jobs has passed away at the age of 56.
The Fashion & Apparel Law Blog, published by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, with offices across California, and in New York, Washington DC and Shanghai, looks at important legal issues in the fashion, apparel and beauty industry.
Law Law Land, a blog published by members of the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker, comments on legal issues in the entertainment industry.
Pixelation is a blog that covers a wide range of issues in IP, entertainment, science and technology, operated by Professor Eric E. Johnson of the University of North Dakota School of Law.
The Tech, Media and IP Blog, published by Australian firm Minter Ellison, considers current events and their implications for the Asia Pacific region.
Photo Attorney is a copyright blog specifically focused on the needs of photographers and the legal issues surrounding photography.
The BioTechnology Patent Law Blog | Patents4Life, published by Warren Woessner, a Minnesota lawyer, comments on recent developments in biotech and patent law.
Patently Apple, published by market researcher, Jack Purcher, dissects Apple’s latest patent and trade-mark applications and licensing deals.
The Trade Secrets Blog is published by Benjamin C. Johnson, an attorney at the Boesch Law Group, Santa Monica, California. The blog follows trade secrets litigation and new developments in copyright, trade-marks and patents.
Patently Silly, patentlysilly.com, showcases hilarious real-life patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office!
Recently launched Peer To Patent UK invites the public to join communities, discuss patent applications, and submit references to help UK patent examiners make more informed decisions.
Spicy IP is a blog that “aims to foster a more transparent, collaborative and productive IP/innovation eco-system for India.”
Dwayne Winseck, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University in Ottawa, publishes a blog, Mediamorphis, about media, telecoms and the internet.
Can the number of Facebook “Likes” predict winners in the 2011 Canadian election? To answer that question, Optimum PR and Dare Labs have joined forces to create The Social Election Experiment.
In Sufficient Description, Professor Norman Siebrasse of the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law, blogs under the tagline: “Observations on Canadian patent cases”.
The “Practical Advice” section of WIPO’s monthly newsletter has practical and understandable examples for navigating the PCT Rules.
Nawaat.org, a Tunisian blogging group, has won Reporters Without Borders’ Netizen Prize for efforts to promote freedom of expression online.
mediaLAWS (www.medialaws.eu) reflects on legislative initiatives, trends, case law and practices adopted by authorities relevant to media law.
Google Crisis Response’s webpage on the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami provides emergency information, maps and missing persons resources related to the disaster.
The US Law Library of Congress’ collection of pre-1923 piracy trials provides a fascinating look into how the various nations of the world handled early piracy issues — and all the texts are available online.
Rightsofwriters.com has great tools and information for writers in search of business and legal advice. Written by New York Attorney Mark Fowler, the blog covers everything from copyright to publishing agreements.
IPPractice.ca has useful tools for accessing online information relating to intellectual property practice, particularly in the areas of patent prosecution and IP litigation.
The blog, law.arts.culture, explores the intersection of law and the arts: literature, music, theatre, film, visual art and more.
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world.
Current events underscore the importance of the Internet in democratic dialogue. In 2009, the State Department’s Digital Outreach Team (DOT) attempted to promote Internet discussions in Arabic of President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech of 4 June 2009. “Public Diplomacy 2.0: An Exploratory Case Study of the US Digital Outreach Team” assessed the potential of this approach.
“Patents in the Global Economy” is a new report published by the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Digital Media Law is a blog featuring up-to-date news centering around digital media, entertainment and technology.
The TTABlog provides updates on U.S. trademark cases and developments.
CopyrightLaws.com is the home of relevant and timely information for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of copyright-protected materials.
The IP Finance weblog looks at financial issues for intellectual property rights.
The U.S. National Academy of Science recently commissioned reports on the management of university intellectual property. IP Osgoode Research Affiliate Professor Sean O’Connor (University of Washington) co-authored a report on IP and technology transfer.
The Media Law Prof blogfeatures media law resources, information, and news.
Stephen Albainy-Jenei (from Patent Baristas) reviews Dr. Yahong Li’s new book, Imitation to Innovation in China: The Role of Patents in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries
The 1709 Blog pays tribute to all things copyright spanning 300 years of history, from the enactment of the Statute of Anne (1709) to the dynamic, progressive and international nature of copyright law today.
John Degen, poet, novelist, and Literature Officer for the Ontario Arts Council, has a fascinating and eclectic personal blog that revolves around artistic creation.
In its “What They Know” series, theWall Street Journal explores how marketers are spying on Internet users, and documents both the uses of such tracking technology and its implications for consumers.
Green Patent Blog covers intellectual property issues related to clean technology, climate change, and renewable energy.
Genomics Law Report is a blog published by Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. It examines the legal issues arising from advances in genetic science and medicine, including biobanking, privacy, and related litigation.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) just launched a dedicated research page. The resource is a one-stop shop for research outputs from both the IPO and Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP).
The World Economic Forum recently released its 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Report. Canada placed 13th in the Intellectual Property Protection category, and 10th overall.
The Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University seeks to promote an informed public discussion of digital technologies. It conducts a variety of research, on topics ranging from browser security to electronic voting, to that end.
Nicholas Carr’s latest book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, offers a provocative critique of the way information technology may affect how we think.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently awarded its Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. This year’s recipient is OpenCourseWare–an innovative online publication of the university’s curriculum, available, free of charge, to millions worldwide.
The UK Strategic Advisory Board for IP Policy (SABIP) has published a new report: “The Relationship Between Copyright and Contract Law”
The LexisNexis Copyright & Trademark Law Community features news, blogs, podcasts and other resources.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is undertaking a public consultation to solicit input on the CDRP.
The Nieman Journalism Lab is a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age.
The Entertainment & Media Law Signal provides information and observations on the newest developments in Entertainment and Media Law.
Patent Baristas features biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law news and commentary.
The Government of Canada has created a website with information and resources relating to the recently introduced Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-32).
The Privacy Daily Dashboard features updates on a wide range of privacy related news and developments.
The Documentary Organization of Canada has created Copyright and Fair Dealing guidelines for documentary filmmakers.
Tony Chapman (CEO, Capital C Communications) was recently interviewed on BNN about why Canada should become the launch site for the best new product innovations in the world.
The Canadian Privacy Law Blog follows developments in privacy law and other Canadian and international laws.
The IP Dragon blog focuses on gathering, commenting on and sharing information about intellectual property in China.
The European Copyright Code is the result of a collaboration between copyright scholars across the European Union. The aim of the Code is to promote transparency and consistency in European copyright law.
patentidbits is a blog by Toronto lawyer Alex Stack covering patent law, innovation, competition, trade, the pharmaceutical industry.
The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) promotes and supports scholarly investigation of the national histories of patent, copyright, and “related” rights.
Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries. It is an online, open access curriculum on copyright law for librarians (especially those in developing and transitional countries).
Dot Indicia is a personal blog about information, privacy and security that is written by lawyer/consultant Michael Power.
YORKbiotech is a Regional Innovation Network for biotechnology and related industries at the centre of the Greater Toronto Area.
IP Newsflash is a site designed to provide IP news, caselaw and notices from patent offices on one single page.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is hosting consultations with Canadians this year.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has developed a series of intellectual property case studies that aim to raise awareness and understanding of IP among college and university students.
The Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford has convened an Expert Taskforce on Global Knowledge Governance.
The Trademark Blog provides frequent updates on trademark news and case analysis.
The Science & Legal blog is run by Dr. Ron A. Bouchard (University of Alberta).
The JOLT digest is a blog and online companion to the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.
All About Information is a legal blog about the law of information. It is run by Toronto lawyer Dan Michaluk.
The Afro-IP weblog provides news, information and commentary on intellectual property law and practice right across Africa.
The IPKat weblog covers copyright, patent, trade mark, information technology and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.
The Five IP Offices (IP5) is the name given to a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world that is being set up to improve the efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide.
The Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) is a new initiative of the Citizen Media Law Project that connects qualifying online journalism ventures and digital media creators with lawyers willing to provide legal services on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis.
The IP Colloquium and students from UCLA have staged a reading of the transcript from the oral arguments in the US Supreme Court case In re Bilski.
US Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos has launched the Director’s Forum blog.
The Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge is an initiative resulting from a recent international forum held in Barcelona.
Barry Sookman’s new personal blog provides commentary on developments in Canadian Copyright, Intellectual Property, Computer, Internet, and e-Commerce Law.
The Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice weblog features commentary on all aspects of IP law and practice.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has created an online Intellectual Property Toolkit with resources and information for businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Science and Development Network provides news, views and information about science, technology and the developing world.
The IP Think Tank blog provides regular podcasts and updates on breaking global intellectual property news.
The Canadian Trademark Blog provides updates on recent developments in Canadian trade-mark and intellectual property law.
The mission of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) is to provide strategic, independent and evidence-based advice to the UK Government on intellectual property policy. SABIP’s site contains useful links, publications and other IP resources.
Professor Peter Jaszi (Washington College of Law of American University) shares his thoughts on current copyright issues at the Collectanea blog. Collectanea is run by the University of Maryland’s Centre for Intellectual Property.
IP Address is a blog that highlights Canadian intellectual property law news and commentary.
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index blog tracks innovations and patent trends in the clean energy sector.
The Global Media Law & Policy blog provides commentary on a range of media law topics. The website also provides links to resources organized by geographical region.
IP, Innovation and Culture is a new blog that focuses on legal developments in innovation and culture in Canada. The blog is run and founded by James Gannon, an Osgoode Hall Law School alumnus.
Patently-O is a patent law blog run by Professor Dennis Crouch (University of Missouri School of Law).
The Institute for Information Law (IViR) is part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam and is the largest research facility in the field of information law in Europe.
Legaltree is a website that lists a variety of legal research links and resources by subject area. Canadian intellectual property resources are listed here.
The Government of Canada is hosting a nationwide consultation on copyright modernization. The Copyright Consultations website provides resources about copyright and encourages Canadians to submit comments and views on copyright reform.
The International Intellectual Property Law Podcast features a new IP podcast each month. The IP law podcast site is run by Cameron MacKendrick LLP.
The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) at the University of Cambridge exists to foster the study of all aspects of intellectual property law and information law and associated subjects. The Director of CIPIL, Professor Lionel Bently, is a member of IP Osgoode’s International Advisory Council.
ResearchImpact is a service-oriented program run by York University and the University of Victoria. It is designed to connect university research with research users across Canada to ensure that research helps to inform decision-making.
ipblog.ca is a Calgary-based law blog focusing on intellectual property law, copyright, trade-marks and internet law in Canada. The blog is published and edited by Richard P.W. Stobbe.
Brian Bowman – On The Cutting Edge. Brian Bownman is a Canadian lawyer whose blog deals with issues related to privacy, access to information, online reputation management, intellectual property and technology legal matters.
Art From the Unexpected – Leading marketers attempt to show us their creative side in Ad Lounge’s ”Art From the Unexpected”.
StopBadware.org is coordinated by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is a partnership committed to protecting Internet and computer users from threats to privacy and security that are caused by bad software.
The MaRS Blog covers various topics relating to Innovation and Commercialization in Canada. It is run by the MaRS Centre (located in Toronto’s Discovery District), which is a gateway to the communities of science, business and capital and fosters collaboration among them.
The E-Commerce and Tech Law Blog is edited by the The Bureau of National Affairs’ senior legal editor Michael Warnecke.
The Peer-to-Patent project is an initiative that opens the US patent examination process for online public input and participation. Peer-to-Patent was created by New York Law School in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended to assist users assess the intellectual property status of a specific image in the United States. The DIRC project is an initiative of the Visual Resources Association.
The Citizen Media Law Project provides legal assistance, education, and resources for individuals and organizations involved in online and citizen media.
Scots Law News is written by Professor Hector MacQueen (Edinburgh Law School) and features regular news stories about the latest developments in Scots Law. Professor MacQueen is a member of IP Osgoode’s International Advisory Council.
IP Viewpoints is a new blog sponsored by the Media Institute. It features short essays on topical intellectual property issues written by a group of U.S. academics.
Copyright and Art Issues is a website maintained by Christine Sundt (a Visual Resources Professional at the University of Oregon). The site has links to copyright guidelines, policies and other useful resources.
Innovate! Hamilton is a blog that provides information and resources for innovators located in the Hamilton Region. The blog is run by Michele Ballagh, a founding partner of Ballagh & Edward LLP.
Professor William H. Dutton is a member of IP Osgoode’s International Advisory Council. His website includes a blog and a collection of resources relating to the research of the societal implications of the Internet.
IP Thinking is a new IP newsletter from McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The articles in each issue reflect important developments in each IP discipline, with commentary by specialists in those fields. The editors of IP Thinking are Steven Mason and Steven Tanner.
The Cross-Border Biotech Blog focuses on biotechnology law issues in Canada and the United States. It was founded by Jeremy Grushcow (Ogilvy Renault LLP) and Dani Peters (Fabiani & Company).
The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology promotes understanding and guiding the development of intellectual property and related fields of law and policy as they intersect with business, science and technology.
The Intellectual Property Colloquium (hosted by Professor Doug Lichtman, UCLA Law School) provides a series of online audio podcasts devoted to IP topics.
Tony Chapman (founder and CEO of Capital C Marketing Group) discusses advertising, trade-marks and the Super Bowl on the Business News Network. Watch the video clip.
Professor Denis Borges Barbosa is a member of IP Osgoode’s International Advisory Council. His website includes a blog and information on intellectual property in Brazil.
Intellectual Property Watch, is a non-profit independent news service, reporting on the design and implementation of international intellectual property policies.
The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School contributes to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship. Kernochan Center co-director Professor Jane Ginsburg is a member of IP Osgoode’s International Advisory Council.
The Patent Librarian’s Notebook contains excellent patent information resources. It is a blog run by Michael White (librarian in the Engineering and Science Library at Queen’s University).
IP Osgoode Research Affiliate, Professor Sam Trosow (University of Western Ontario) runs a blog covering a variety of copyright and information policy issues.
The Center for Social Media is part of the School of Communication at American University. It showcases and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action.
The eLawNetwork is run by Sundeep Chauhan and contains links to Internet-related caselaw, legislation, & articles.
Osgoode Professor Carys Craig appears in a new film by Professor Michael Geist and Daniel Albahary (“Why Copyright?“) to discuss copyright law.
Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino has published a new article in the McGill Law Journal, entitled “Healing Fair Dealing? A Comparative Copyright Analysis of Canada’s Fair Dealing to U.K. Fair Dealing and U.S. Fair Use”. Read the article here
IT.Can Student Writing Competition 2009: The Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can) encourages scholarship from students with an interest in information technology law. See Rules.
The Canadian Writers Group is a new literary agency for freelance writers. The web site contains information about how the agency works.
www.copyrighthistory.org is a website that provides users access to a digital archive of historical primary copyright sources, created by the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) University of Cambridge and Bournemouth University.
The Unlocking IP blog is run by research staff affiliated with the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, University of New South Wales
Craig Scott Gallery features new conceptual artwork relating to patents
The Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory constitutes an interdisciplinary and multimedia research laboratory, dedicated to the missing cross-section of legal, sociological and geographical research on global cities with image-based media forms such as documentary film, video art and photography. Professor Peer Zumbansen is the Founder and Director of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society at Osgoode Hall Law School.