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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 […]

Nintendo vs. the Smash Community: Copyright and Competitive eSports

Nintendo vs. the Smash Community: Copyright and Competitive eSports

The Super Smash Bros. franchise is one of the most successful series of games from Japanese video game publisher and developer Nintendo. The most recent entry in the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, has sold nearly 34 million copies, making it one of the biggest releases for the Nintendo Switch and the 19th best selling […]

United States Copyright Law and Artificial Intelligence

United States Copyright Law and Artificial Intelligence

Hello everyone, this is my final project presentation on the intersection of US copyright law and AI. I hope you all enjoy it and find it helpful.   Video Link:     Presentation Slides Link   Jacky Chen

The Importance of Trademark and Passing Off

The Importance of Trademark and Passing Off

Trademark and Passing Off within Amer Sports Canada Inc. v Adidas Canada Limited On January 2, 2024, the British Columbia Supreme Court granted an interlocutory injunction for the plaintiff preventing the defendant from using a specific name on their retail store prior to the trial proceeding.  The pending trial is between two corporations arguing trademark […]

Formula One: Pumping the Brakes on Patents, Crashing in Trademarks

Formula One: Pumping the Brakes on Patents, Crashing in Trademarks

As an avid motorsport fan, it seemed fitting to do an examination of the trademark and patent law that subsists within the racing sphere. In any one category, there is enough information to fill a full course; thus, I’ve focused on some of the most recent events and developments, particularly within Formula One.   PATENTS […]

R.F. Kuang’s Yellowface – Copyright implications within the storyline

R.F. Kuang’s Yellowface – Copyright implications within the storyline

A few months ago, I read the book Yellowface by R. F. Kuang. The book is well written, and acts to comment on many issues including diversity and racism, but the main character is painfully unlikeable. In the novel, the main character, Juniper, is an aspiring but average novelist. She is present when her friend, […]

Cactus Club Confusion

Cactus Club Confusion

I was flying on Harbour Air the other day, and as we made our way over North Vancouver, I looked down to see a restaurant area with yellow umbrellas in the patio area. My first thought at the time was: is that a Cactus Club? The distinct yellow umbrellas in what appeared to be a […]

Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law in Technical Outerwear

Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law in Technical Outerwear

Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law in Technical Outerwear I was fascinated with the in-class discussion regarding the lack of copyright in clothing designs that was undertaken in February. As an avid climber and skier, an idea that immediately stood out to me was to examine the plethora of patents that might serve to protect proprietary […]

Gaming Fair Dealing?: Fan Merchandise Policies in the Video Game Industry

Gaming Fair Dealing?: Fan Merchandise Policies in the Video Game Industry

For my final project I wanted to explore the legal question of fan-made merchandise of popular intellectual properties. As someone who is an avid supporter of small businesses (read: has bought a truly excessive amount of stickers), I’ve always wondered about the legality of some of the products sold. Aside from original art, many small […]

Makeup Dupes: Imitation as the Cheapest Form of Flattery

Makeup Dupes: Imitation as the Cheapest Form of Flattery

For my project, I chose to look into the implications and issues surrounding intellectual property protection regarding makeup dupes. With the prices of luxury goods remaining high despite growing economic pressures, dupes are becoming increasingly popular. This trend falls in line with the so-called “lipstick index” which suggests cosmetics sales remain steady, or even rise, […]