CAUTION: We have been advised that fraudulent emails with a modified domain name have been sent by a source purporting to be from Aird & Berlis LLP. These communications are not legitimate and are not from Aird & Berlis LLP. Disregard any such emails and do not engage with the sender or the email in any way. Please report the attempted fraud by contacting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and by emailing Aird & Berlis LLP at help@airdberlis.com.

Welcome to the Spotlight

The Spotlight features legal and industry commentary on the latest happenings in the media, sports, communications, intellectual property and data security/privacy industries.

Recent Spotlight Posts

Insights TheSpotlight
Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized as 2021 IP STARS Jun 15, 2021 Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2021 e... Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2021 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practitioners.

Posted in: Court Decision | Copyright | Intellectual Property

Insights TheSpotlight
The Beginning of the End of Online Piracy in Canada? Federal Court of Appeal Approves Site-Blocking Order: The Consequences By Ken Clark and Lawrence Veregin Jun 07, 2021 Under the anonymity of the internet, the worst of humanity is revealed: piracy, defamation, hate ... Under the anonymity of the internet, the worst of humanity is revealed: piracy, defamation, hate speech, privacy violations and harassment flourish and cause immeasurable harm to their victims. The perpetrators hide as zeroes and ones, making enforcement difficult or impossible. Even if a victim ...

Posted in: Copyright | Court Decision | Intellectual Property

Insights TheSpotlight
Planet of the APIs: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Google’s Use of Java APIs in Android Is Fair Use By Lawrence Veregin Apr 08, 2021 On April 5, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Google LLC v. O... On April 5, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., holding that Google’s use of Oracle’s Java API was fair and did not infringe copyright.

Posted in: Patent | Intellectual Property | Court Decision | patents

Insights TheSpotlight
The 411 on File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada By Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Feb 26, 2021 Section 53.1 of the Patent Act changed the point of view regarding the construction of claims in ... Section 53.1 of the Patent Act changed the point of view regarding the construction of claims in a patent litigation matter. Canada now has file wrapper estoppel and the courts are actively figuring out the bounds of how far that goes.