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
What does COVID-19 mean for franchise systems?
How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect franchises systems? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As the situation evolves, the day-to-day affairs of businesses are constantly changing. Responding to a pandemic poses a unique situation for franch…Continue reading the post titled What does COVID-19 mean for franchise systems?
Understanding the differences between GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA – a guide for Canadian businesses
Gone are days of unregulated and untethered data gathering. With the rolling out of the California Consumer Privacy Act, Canadian businesses are now finding themselves navigating a sea awash with a patchwork of extraterritorial legislation. The laws are sometimes inconsistent, often vague, a…Continue reading the post titled Understanding the differences between GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA – a guide for Canadian businesses
Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably considering franchising as a method of expansion for your business. You might be considering franchising as a result of your own research into expansion options for your business, or (as is often the case) you might be considering franchising b…Continue reading the post titled Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business
Should I franchise my business?
Franchising as a business expansion model has many advantages and can be a great choice for the right business. However, not all businesses are well-suited to be franchised (sometimes called “franchisable”). Moreover, a business needs to be at the right stage to start franchising. This artic…Continue reading the post titled Should I franchise my business?
Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise
Certain licensed producers have been licensing their trademarks (or the trademarks of their retail arm) to successful applicants for Ontario cannabis retail licenses. Trademark license agreements involve downside legal risk; in particular, the “accidental franchise”, and must be drafted with…Continue reading the post titled Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise
Coffee giant, franchisee group close to settling two class action lawsuits
Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon recently spoke with Advocate Daily about a Canadian coffee giant and frustrated franchisees that appear to be close to reaching a settlement in two class action lawsuits. See the full article below. Coffee giant, franchisee group close to settling two class acti…Continue reading the post titled Coffee giant, franchisee group close to settling two class action lawsuits
If it looks like a franchise, it’s a franchise
By Peter Dillon for AdvocateDaily.com In another decision in the line of “accidental franchisor” cases, Justice Mary E. Vallee, of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, granted summary judgment on the basis of non-disclosure to plaintiffs who purchased the rights to operate an alcohol deliv…Continue reading the post titled If it looks like a franchise, it’s a franchise
Cannabis License Act: Franchising Implications
Store Ownership and Licensed Producers Corporate store ownership will not be an option for licensed producers who wish to establish a significant presence in the cannabis retail market. Section 4(4) of the Cannabis License Act prohibits licensed producers and their affiliates from operating …Continue reading the post titled Cannabis License Act: Franchising Implications