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Legal Tech: Key Takeaways from a Unique Secondment from Aird & Berlis LLP to Diligen, a Legal Tech Company By Aaron Baer Sep 05, 2018 Aaron Baer recently completed his secondment with Diligen, a Toronto-based legal tech company. His well-publicized secondment with a startup that provides artificial intelligence technology for due diligence and contract review was the first known secondment between a leading law firm and a legal...
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First Cannabis-Related Patent Infringement Case Filed in the United States By Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD and Brandon Carter Aug 24, 2018 The first cannabis-related patent infringement case is on the books in the United States which will address this very issue. On July 30, 2018, United Cannabis, a biotechnology company specializing in medicinal cannabis, has filed a complaint for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 9,730,911 in the U....

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The Dangers of Discount Patent Services - You Get What You Pay For By Ken Clark and Monica Carinci Aug 22, 2018 In the recent Superior Court of Quebec case Bérubé C. - Federation of Inventors of Quebec, 2018 QCCS 3459, dated August 2, 2018, the Court granted a certification for a class action against the Federation of Investors of Quebec and its founder, president and sole director Christian William Varin....

Posted in: Intellectual Property | Blockchain

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The Ultimate Blockchain Patent Teardown Why blockchain applications are patent-eligible By Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Aug 15, 2018 As a patent practitioner, one of the questions I often get asked is whether distributed ledger technology (DLT), such as blockchain, is patentable. I naturally respond in the affirmative (with some qualifiers of course), and inevitably there is a deluge of follow-up questions and statements such...