Current affairs

How do you protect an innovation?

October 13th, 2017

A La Presse+ report

Partners Dominique Babin and Julien Lacheré answered questions posed by technological SMEs wanting to protect their innovations.

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CETA AND PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS: SUPPLEMENTARY PROTECTION CERTIFICATES NOW ESTABLISHED IN CANADA

September 27th, 2017

CETA introduces several changes in the field of patents critical for those conducting research and development in the pharmaceutical field and bringing medicinal products to market in Canada.

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Seven ways you can benefit from the opening of the European market

September 5th, 2017

Are you ready for Europe?

Our Legal Counsel, Didier Culat is featured in the September 4th edition of the business section of La Presse.

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Are you ready for Europe?

August 30th, 2017

Now signed, the new Trade Deal with the EU enters into force in September 2017

The questions to be answered in order to quickly take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity for businesses here.

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The ultimate Patent guide for startups

July 12th, 2017

And why you should consider it a necessary investment

Here are the most frequently asked questions we encounter about patents, and the answers that could save you money, time and headaches.

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Supreme Court Revokes the Promise Doctrine of Canadian Patents

July 4th, 2017

Good news for those seeking to obtain and uphold patents in Canada

The ruling promises to bring Canadian patent law back in line with international norms.

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BCF on the move, putting our expertise in life sciences on the map!

June 16th, 2017

In the wake of its recent successes, the intellectual property team is preparing for future international conferences, specifically the Bio International Convention 2017 which will be held in San Diego at the end of June.

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Philippe Therias is joining the BCF intellectual property and patents team

May 25th, 2017

His extensive, transversal experience will be valuable for our clients who work in Europe

As an international correspondent based in Paris, Philippe Therias works at one of BCF’s affiliate firms, Bignon Lebray.

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Startups: Four funding opportunities to protect your inventions

May 18th, 2017

Your intellectual property (IP) is the product of your imagination, and therefore, you own it. Like any other goods, your creations are property and, although they may not be tangible, they should be protected.

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Registering your domain name in Asia before someone else does… Is it urgent? Is it necessary?

March 22nd, 2017

How to recognize pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

The registration of this trademark is the best tool for taking action against the registration of domain names, without a legitimate interest, by other actors in your activity sector acting in bad faith.

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DOES YOUR STARTUP COMPANY REALLY OWN ALL THE RIGHTS TO ITS LOGO?

March 22nd, 2017

Our IP team can help you determine whether your company owns all of the rights to its logo, and to any other graphic or visual elements covered by copyright.

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3D Printing: Can I print my own Spiderman action figure?

March 22nd, 2017

The growing democratization of 3D printers and its legal issues.

The main legal issue raised by 3D printing is the infringement of intellectual property rights, which is somewhat reminiscent of the debate surrounding music and film piracy.

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Ilya Kalnish honoured at the Client Choice Awards 2017!

February 9th, 2017

Since 2005 this prestigious legal award has been recognizing firms and their partners for excellence in terms of their abilities and their client service.

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JULIEN LACHERÉ, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXPERT, JOINS THE BCF BUSINESS LAW PARTNER TEAM

January 12th, 2017

A registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, Mr. Lacheré joined BCF in 2014.

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What you need to know sooner than later regarding the upcoming amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act

November 28th, 2016

Our partners Johanne Auger and Frédéric Dionne have identified five key elements in light of the coming into force of the significant amendments.

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BCF and Delegation of the Province of Quebec business leaders in Moscow, Russia

July 27th, 2016

Our professionals were part of a first Canadian commercial delegation to be invited to the Canadian Embassy in Russia in over 2 years

Ilya Kalnish and Oleksiy Malashenko also took part to the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC) conference which was co-sponsored by BCF.

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UNITED-STATES: FAST-TRACK REVIEW FOR CANCER-IMMUNOTHERAPY PATENTS

July 26th, 2016

Our specialists explain how this Pilot Program could be highly advantageous for anyone working in oncology who is seeking a quick and affordable patent grant.

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All you need to know about international trademark protection

July 8th, 2016

Our partner and head of the trademarks sector, Johanne Auger, offers an approach that will allow you to find a strategy focused on your needs. A five-point summary of her last training session.

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Impact of UK ‘BREXIT’ referendum outcome on Patents, Designs and Trademarks in Europe

June 28th, 2016

What to expect after the british vote?

Our intellectual property specialists suggest possible scenarios.

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La Presse article highlights the expertise of BCF's intellectual property professionals

June 27th, 2016

Two of the firm's partners, Dominic Goudreault and Pascal Lauzon explain the advantages of registering industrial designs and patents

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On your marks ! Get ready for some changes to come

April 25th, 2016

Trademarks Act in Canada

Several changes regarding the Trademarks Act (Canada) will come into force in 2018.

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So you're selling online and you're looking to protect your trademark internationally.

April 18th, 2016

YES, BUT...

Registering your trademark internationally is an important step to consider. The intention is good, but reality is more complicated.

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BCF Also Speaks Russian

September 9th, 2015

Our firm at the service of foreign businesses.

The best language for business is… the client’s language. To better serve Russian companies, BCF relies on experienced Russian-speaking professionals.

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Are You Ready? Patent!

July 20th, 2015

A new initiative launched by Quebec to protect your intellectual property assets.

The ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec announced the launch of the programme Premier Brevet. This initiative aims to help SMEs in Quebec invest in the protection of their intellectual property assets.

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What to do with the domain name extensions .porn, .sucks, etc.?

May 13th, 2015

Some thoughts to ponder for businesses

The singer Taylor Swift recently acquired the domain names taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.sucks... It is merely part of a strategy to protect her image and trade-mark.

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On your marks! Ready for changes?

March 27th, 2015

Significant legislative changes for the Trademarks Act in Canada

Several changes regarding the Trademarks Act (Canada) and the regulations made under the Act will come into force in 2016.

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DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING ENGLISH COMMERCIAL SIGNS

February 11th, 2015

Court clarifies Charter exemption for unregistered trade marks

Twenty English-speaking merchants of Montreal recently contested a charge of non-compliance with the Charter of the French Language, better known as Bill 101. The defence of some merchants prevailed.

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INTERESTED BY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS?

January 19th, 2015

THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS

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PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS

November 27th, 2014

THREE THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE WITh THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Do you conduct research and development in the pharmaceutical field? Do you find that the protection under the Patent Act in Canada is sufficient particularly when you compare this protection with that of other countries?

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Canadian trade-mark registration term reduced from 15 to 10 years – Early renewal of current registrations to be considered

September 19th, 2014

Several amendments to the Trade-marks Act (the “Act”) are expected to come into effect at the end of 2014 or during 2015 and the Canadian government is currently working on amendments to the Trade-mark Regulations(the “Regulations”) and on transitional provisions to the coming into effect amendment to the Act.

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