Filing deadlines extended for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in response to COVID-19
Note: This post has been updated to reflect a updated notice issued by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on March 27, 2020. As Canada responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has taken the drastic step of extending certain filing deadlines u…Continue reading the post titled Filing deadlines extended for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in response to COVID-19
Expanding your multi-level marketing plan to Canada
The Competition Bureau: Achieving positive written opinions for multi-level marketers Canada’s legal system imposes severe civil and criminal penalties on multi-level marketing (MLM) plans that fail to follow the law. Illegitimate businesses face the potential of paying unlimited fines, and …Continue reading the post titled Expanding your multi-level marketing plan to Canada
Consumer E-Commerce Transactions
Over the past 10 years there has been tremendous growth in e-commerce within Canada. By the year 2020, e-commerce is projected to reach $50 billion, representing approximately 10% of total retail sales in Canada. The main reason for this massive growth in online sales is simple: convenience.…Continue reading the post titled Consumer E-Commerce Transactions
Are Patent “No Challenge Clauses” Enforceable?
It is common for commercial parties to agree not to attack the validity of intellectual property held by one of the parties to the agreement. However, a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has raised questions about the enforceability of these types of restrictive cove…Continue reading the post titled Are Patent “No Challenge Clauses” Enforceable?
Plan Early for the Sale of a Dental Practice
Context Over the past decade there has been growth in the market for the purchase and sale of dental practices. There is a natural fit between older dentists wishing to retire and younger dentists who wish to establish their own dental practice. In a very competitive market, there is a disti…Continue reading the post titled Plan Early for the Sale of a Dental Practice
Cybersecurity and Privacy Considerations for Professionals
Professional organizations, including medical, dental and other health care practices, continually depend on technology and digital advancements to collect, store and organize information about their patients. Increasing use of electronic data and electronic medical records creates a heighte…Continue reading the post titled Cybersecurity and Privacy Considerations for Professionals
Section 85: Rollover and Income tax planning
A Section 85 Tax Rollover (“rollover”) is term used to describe a special tax technique that allows a taxpayer to defer all or part of the income which would otherwise be taxed upon transfer. In other words, it allows a taxpayer to defer paying taxes on assets transferred. This is especially…Continue reading the post titled Section 85: Rollover and Income tax planning
Realtors, treat yourselves fairly
Bill 104, Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2017 represents a potential opportunity for realtors in Ontario to engage in tax planning strategies that were not previously available to them. Under this proposed Bill, realtors will be permitted to establish a Personal Real Estate Corporation (PREC…Continue reading the post titled Realtors, treat yourselves fairly
Data Breach Awareness
Everyday hundreds of businesses across Canada have data incidents. From lost bins to hacked computers, businesses need to be aware of their privacy obligations they owe to their customers and clients. Indeed, businesses are now asking themselves not what if I have a data breach, but when wil…Continue reading the post titled Data Breach Awareness
Should I practice through a professional corporation?
Several years ago, most professions governed by colleges or institutes were granted the ability to incorporate. Since that time, thousands of professionals across Canada have incorporated their practices. For newer graduates, whether, and when, to incorporate will be an important decision. T…Continue reading the post titled Should I practice through a professional corporation?