Issues/Your Take

A Guide for Canadian Medical Illustrators: What Are My Intellectual Property Rights?

A Guide for Canadian Medical Illustrators: What Are My Intellectual Property Rights?

Most people don’t think about the artists behind the diagrams in their science textbooks. These artworks are often photocopied by high school teachers onto science tests, becoming almost unrecognizable as students are asked to label a plant cell that is monochrome and blurry. In reality, medical illustrators have, for a long time, helped us better […]

Are domain names deemed intellectual property in Canada?

Are domain names deemed intellectual property in Canada?

What is a domain name?   A domain name is unique text that can be entered into a web browser to access websites. The unique text maps on to an alphanumeric IP address linked to a specific website.[i]   How are domain names managed?   A non-profit organisation called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names […]

Copyright and (Collaborative) Authorship: Who gets to be a joint author for the purpose of copyright?

Copyright and (Collaborative) Authorship: Who gets to be a joint author for the purpose of copyright?

For my final project, I wanted to discuss the idea of joint authorship in copyright law, and highlight a few works that underscore what I anticipate will become an increasingly pressing issue for creatives, especially writers, in the coming decades.[1] Being an “author” has a certain level of cultural cachet, similar to how being an […]

Golf and Intellectual Property: Protection of Tournament Format and Golf Course Design

Golf and Intellectual Property: Protection of Tournament Format and Golf Course Design

For my final project, I decided to look into intellectual property rights related to golf. I recently started playing golf and decided to watch the Netflix golf documentary, Full Swing, in the hopes that merely watching these talented players would translate into improvements in my own game. This strategy has not yet proven to be […]

An Analysis of Reversionary Interest in Canada and Termination Rights the United States

An Analysis of Reversionary Interest in Canada and Termination Rights the United States

An Analysis of Reversionary Interest in Canada and Termination Rights the United States By: Farhia Mohamad & Japneet Gudh Introduction For our project, we’ve decided to examine reversionary rights in Canada and Termination Rights in the United States, as they are two doctrines that have similar results but are vastly different in process. CANADIAN REVERSIONARY […]

Chick-fil-A’s Feathers Ruffled? Foreign Goodwill and Trademark

Chick-fil-A’s Feathers Ruffled? Foreign Goodwill and Trademark

As I was walking in Vancouver I passed a restaurant using the word Chick, and using the C to depict a chicken. This immediately led to thoughts about whether this could be a problem in comparison to Chick-fil-A. While there does not appear to be any news on the possibility for infringement, this case may […]

Dungeons and Dragons original characters and Copyright

Dungeons and Dragons original characters and Copyright

Hi, I am back with another little podcast recording for my additional term project. Please comment if you agree with my take or have other ideas, I would love to hear them! Also, here is a drawing I made of my character haha, not Van Gogh, but I had fun with it!

CRISPR: Scientific Innovation and Patent Confusion

CRISPR: Scientific Innovation and Patent Confusion

For my project, I decided to focus on CRISPR and its related patent issues. I will go through: (1) the fundamental science of CRISPR, (2) the so-called patent war of CRISPR, and (3) the patent licence issues for the recently approved CRISPR based therapy. Casgevy, the first medical therapy using CRISPR to cure sickle cell […]

Term Project: Deepfakes and why they terrify me – a short podcast

Term Project: Deepfakes and why they terrify me – a short podcast

I hope the audio quality is not terrible! Sources: “Manipulating reality: the intersection of deepfakes and the law” “The Deepfake Conundrum: Balancing Innovation, Privacy, and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age” “New York Based Celebrities and Performers Can Now Pass to their Heirs the Rights to License their Name” CASE OF VON HANNOVER v. GERMANY […]

Figure Skaters’ Use of Copyrighted Music

Figure Skaters’ Use of Copyrighted Music

As a life-long figure skater, I wanted to explore some application of IP law to the skating world for my final project and decided to focus on the copyright implications of skaters’ music selections. The music a skater chooses to skate to forms an integral part of their performance, with presentation being a major component […]