Current affairs

Promoting cannabis on social media? Proceed with caution.

November 21st, 2018

Commercial activities associated with cannabis, including its promotion, are highly regulated. Section 17 of the Cannabis Act provides that the use of testimonials and depictions of persons for promotional purposes is prohibited.


Registering Your Products on Amazon: Practical Trademark Considerations

September 20th, 2018

In order to better regulate the products sold on its platform and prevent illegal activities, Amazon has set up a trademark registry known as the Amazon Brand Registry.


The Deep Web and Dark Web demystified for businesses

April 20th, 2018

Among the multitude of platforms from which transactions are concluded, the Deep Web and Dark Web are currently at the heart of some of the most important commercial activities. It is in the interest of your business to pay attention to this, both for prevention of cyberattacks and for due diligence.


The GDPR is Coming: How to Get Ready

April 17th, 2018

8 measures that organisations should take to become compliant

Recently there has been much concern – some justified, some less so – about the coming into force on May 25, 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation. While the regulation should be taken seriously and organisations brought into compliance with the new law, there is no reason to panic.


Protection of personal data: new measures put in place by the European Union

April 9th, 2018

Is your business affected? If so, how to comply?

Interviewed by La Presse, our lawyers Didier Culat and Nicolas St-Sauveur comment on the new European measures to which Québec SMEs doing business in Europe will have to comply.


If you sell online via your website, make sure that you adapt your practices for collecting your customers’ personal information

February 15th, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018; it imposes many new requirements on enterprises that collect data on their European clients. Make sure you are ready.


Net neutrality threatened: The issues summarized

December 21st, 2017

The Internet has become the platform of choice for the exchange and sharing of ideas, and net neutrality advocates speak about a real attack on freedom of speech on the web that could have a tangible commercial impact on businesses that depend on the Internet and bandwidth for their commercial activities.


A new BCF.TV training course is now available

October 23rd, 2017

Learn more about the web and mobile terms and conditions of use in a training session given by BCF Partner, Pascal Lauzon, and lawyers, Maude Papillon and Samuel Lajoie.



October 13th, 2017

You’re launching your business? Congratulations! Here are ten points you should consider to get off on the right foot.


In the e-commerce era, is there such a thing as a “Worldwide” Injunction?

July 6th, 2017

Well, sort of...

The Supreme Court recently rejected Google's arguments by confirming the validity of an injunction.


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.



May 9th, 2017

Over the years, the global market growth and prominence of sectors such as high technology, e-commerce, and the Internet, which flout borders, have led the courts to consider the territorial scope of such clauses in a different light.


Think of the Children! Advertising to Preteens in Quebec

March 22nd, 2017

If you are running or considering an advertising campaign in the Province of Quebec, it is essential to obtain expert consumer protection law advice


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.



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.


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.


When Social Networks Harm Your Company

March 22nd, 2017

What to do with the use of social media by your employees?

The risk for ill-advised behavior on social media is well-documented. The key is to adopt a corporate policy that is clear, solid and respectful of the right to privacy.


Pokémon Go: Legal Issues That Could Snowball

August 19th, 2016

A number of legal issues surrounding its use seem to be arising.

These should definitely be taken into account by anyone creating a new revolutionary application.


SMEs and cyber-risks: inertia is no longer an option

July 7th, 2016

Right now the real question is not whether businesses should manage the cyber-risks associated with their operations, but the issue is how they should do it

Some advice of our partner and lawyer Serge LeBel to ensure better protection of your business on the web.


Legal Considerations When Creating a Mobile Application

January 5th, 2016

How to correctly launch your application

Mobile applications have become essential with the rise of the smartphone and the mobile device. But what has to be considered from a legal standpoint?


Getting Paid to Post on Instagram? Sure, but #becareful

October 28th, 2015

Advertising in the social media era.

Social media stars are becoming spokespersons for companies wanting to reach a large number of people. But do they comply with advertising regulations?


The Internet of Things: What If Your Fridge Could Talk?

September 1st, 2015

The interconnection of devices and the issues regarding privacy.

As technology progresses, smart objects are multiplying in our everyday life and they are collecting personal data. Welcome to the age of the Internet of Things.


Embedding A Competitor’s Slogan In Your Website’s Meta Tags: Permitted Or Not?

August 25th, 2015

What is acceptable to use to get noticed in search engines.

It’s very tempting to copy a successful competitor’s meta tags or insert the trademark and slogan of that competitor into your own meta tags to attract some of the competitor’s clients to your site.


Is Silence Consent? Not When it Comes to Targeted Advertising!

July 9th, 2015

Targeted Advertising and Privacy Issues

Targeted marketing has become a major trend in business and is frequently part of a company’s marketing strategy. As a business, are you certain you received proper consent to use or sell your clients' personal data?


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 and It is merely part of a strategy to protect her image and trade-mark.