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Additional Protection from Suppliers in Patent Infringement Actions

Posted in Intellectual Property, Retailing


Large retailers have been sued for patent infringement in recent years in relation to distributing a supplier’s products that allegedly infringe a third party’s intellectual property.  Though suppliers can sometimes be properly named as defendants in such actions, more often patentees have named only retailers.  More generally, any Canadian business selling products made in whole or in part outside of Canada could itself be subject to a claim for patent infringement.

In these situations it is important for such businesses to have strong indemnities in place to ensure that they will be properly compensated for losses arising as a … Continue Reading

Every Innovative Company Needs an IP Strategy

Posted in Intellectual Property, Retailing

The following post by Judith McKay, Lisa Melanson, Steve Mason, Vincent K.S. Yip, Ana Badour, Aaron Wenner and Avi Bourassa on McCarthy Tetrault’s blog snIP/ITs , may be of interest to our readers: Every Innovative Company Needs an IP Strategy.

The post discusses how successful retailers are turning into tech companies to attract customers with superior on-line and in-store experiences. Like tech companies,  retailers need sophisticated Intellectual property strategies to protect and capitalize on innovation.

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