Canada Adopts International IP Measures

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has announce that the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement came into force in Canada today, June 17, 2019.

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New Disclosure of Benficial Ownership in British Columbia

The British Columbia New Democratic Party Government, has introduced legislation, to force the disclosure of the benefical ownership of real estate and shares of Britis Columbia corporates.

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Legal Issues for Start-Ups

There are many legal considerations for businesses in the developmental stages, including the appropriate corporate structure, financing, protecting intellectual property, founder’s rights and obligations and protecting the business from future litigation. We have set out below a description…

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How To Prepare a Will to Manage Your Estate

How To Prepare a Will to Manage Your Estate You are willing to plan and secure that your estate will be passed to the beneficiary(ies) you chose, but you are wondering how to implement your wishes. The preparation…

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Shareholders’ Agreement – A Primer

A shareholders’ agreement sets out rights and obligations of the shareholders of a company and permits shareholders to participate in managing certain affairs of the Company.

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Significant Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law

On June 17, 2019, certain amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act (the “Act”) and Trademarks Regulations (the “Regulations”), come into force, which amendments may impact your intellectual property. The Amendments The amendments to the Act and Regulations include…

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Privacy of Electronic Devices at the Border

These days, travellers typically cross the border with a substantial amount of private information stored on their electronic devices. While Canadian citizens have privacy rights within the country, this right all but disappears at the border. This article…

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Land Owner Transparency Act

The Government of British Columbia has committed to a 30-Point Plan for Housing Affordability.  A part of the recently announced plan, involves the ending the “hidden ownership” of real estate to make sure people are paying their fair…

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Public Registry of Beneficial Owners of Property – British Columbia

The British Columbia NDP government intends to introduce legislation mandating Canada’s first public registry of property beneficial ownership, to deter investors from buying housing through nominee companies and trusts. The move to crack down on real estate “hidden…

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Crowdfunding – Raising Funds for Your Business

Crowdfunding – Introduction As discussed in our previous blog post, “Private Placements in Canada”, Canadian Securities regulations generally restrict a company from selling its securities without filing a prospectus, with the applicable securities regulator(s). This requirement can be…

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