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Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials
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  • Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Western University
  • Gregory Hagan, University of Calgary
  • Cameron Hutchison, University of Alberta
  • David Lametti, McGill University
  • Graham Reynolds, University of British Columbia
  • Teresa Scassa, University of Ottawa
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Emond Montgomery Publications
Place of Publication
Toronto, Canada

Canadian courts and Parliament are seeing unprecedented activity in the area of intellectual property (IP) law. An overhaul of the Copyright Act, proposed new legislative enforcement mechanisms for copyrights and trademarks, and recent rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada all challenge the core doctrines underlying intellectual property law.

It is within this context that we offer our new casebook Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials. This collective work by six Canadian intellectual property scholars covers the core areas of IP law including copyright, patents, trade-marks, industrial designs, passing off, and confidentiality.

The underlying purpose of this casebook is to not only analyze the fundamentals of Canadian IP law, but also to prepare students to engage in debates of policy and principle. Carefully chosen illustrative case excerpts drawn from Canada and abroad are presented alongside relevant legislation and clarifying commentary. Questions posed throughout the text challenge students to test their understanding of the content and consider the ramifications of the material presented.

Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials is the product of highly experienced instructors and academics presenting key foundational concepts required for an understanding of intellectual property in Canada.


Chapter 1: Copyright

  • I. Overview
  • II. What Is Copyrightable?
    • A. Subsistence of Copyright in Works
    • B. Works
    • C. Other Subject Matter or Neighbouring Rights
  • III. What Is Copyright?
    • A. What Are the Rights of Copyright Owners?
    • B. Who Owns the Rights?
    • C. Collective Administration of Rights
  • IV. Users' Rights (or Exceptions and Defences to Copyright Infringement)
    • A. Copyright, Contract, and Users' Rights
    • B. Public Interest Defence
    • C. Freedom of Expression
    • D. Users' Rights in the Copyright Act for Certain Institutions
    • E. The Copyright Common Carrier Exception in Section 2.4(1)(B)
    • F. Fair Dealing
    • G. Private Copying Regime
    • H. Exception Related to Artistic Works Used in Industrial Contexts
    • I. Licences and Permissions
  • V. What Are Moral Rights?
  • VI. Enforcement of rights
    • A. Technological Protection Measures and Rights Management Information
    • B. Criminal Enforcement
    • C. Civil Infringement: Primary Infringement
    • D. Civil Infringement: Secondary Infringement
    • E. Remedies and Procedure

Chapter 2: Industrial Designs

  • I. Subject Matter of Industrial Designs
  • II. Originality
  • III. Registration and Notice
  • IV. Infringement

Chapter 3: Passing Off and Trade-mark Law

  • I. Introduction
  • II. Passing Off
    • A. Constitutional Dimensions of Passing Off and Trade-mark Law
    • B. The Elements of the Tort
    • C. Defences and Remedies

Chapter 4: Registered Trade-Marks

  • I. What Is a Trade-mark?
    • A. Ordinary Mark
    • B. Distinguishing Guise
    • C. Special Marks
  • II. The Concept of Use
  • III. Registration Process; Ownership, Transfer, and Licensing; Deregistration Process
    • A. The Process of Registering a Trade-mark
    • B. Ownership, Transfer, and Licensing
    • C. Expungement of a Trade-mark
  • IV. The Concept of Confusion
  • V. Infringement and Remedies
    • A. Section 19, 20, & 22
    • B. Remedies

Chapter 5: Confidential Information

  • I. Introduction
  • II. Nature of the Rights and Duties of Confidentiality
    • A. Evolution of the Doctrine
    • B. Quebec Civil Law
    • C. The Common-Law Cause of Action
    • D. International Standards
    • E. Interaction with Other Statutes and Statutory Duties of Confidentiality
  • III. Remedies
  • IV. Breach of Contract Versus Breach of Confidence

Chapter 6: Patent Law

  • I. Introduction
    • A. Patents and Their Rationale
    • B. An Example Patent: The Mousetrap
  • II. What Is Patentable Subject Matter?
    • A. Statutory Subject Matter: Inventions
    • B. Non-Statutory Subject Matter
  • III. The Requirements of Patentability
    • A. Utility
    • B. Novelty
    • C. Not Obvious
  • IV. The Application Process
  • V. Patent Rights, Term, and Ownership
  • VI. Post-Grant Issues
  • VII. Claims Construction
  • VIII. Infringement
  • IX. Defences to Infringement and Abuse of Rights
  • X. Court Jurisdiction
  • XI. Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations
  • XII. Remedies
Citation Information
Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Gregory Hagan, Cameron Hutchison, David Lametti, et al.. Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials. (2013)
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