Entries by Douglas B. Thompson

Limitations of Non-Disclosure Agreements

I recently read an article entitled “The scope and limitations of Non-Disclosure Agreements”.  The article explained that a non-disclosure agreement is an agreement in which a party receiving information (Receiving Party) agrees to take reasonable precautions to protect from disclosure information received from a party disclosing information (Disclosing Party).   The article then went on to […]

THE NAME GAME – OBTAINING A TRADEMARK

This is a SLIDESHARE presentation given to the Better Business Bureau at a “Lunch N Learn” on August 17, 2016.    Some names that businesses choose are simply NOT PROTECTABLE.  This presentation is intended to make persons selecting business names aware of the rules used by the Trademarks Office in reviewing and approving Trademarks.  Included is […]

New Developments in the Canadian Music Business

SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) collects royalties based upon tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada for Canadian performances of songs for Canadian and international songwriters and music publishers. Tariffs have been set for recorded or live music ranging from concerts to restaurants to fitness classes.  Of particular […]

Trademarks that are Scandalous, Obscene or Immoral

In Re Simon Shiao Tam, a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rendered December 22, 2015, was recently brought to my attention.   Mr. Tam named his band “THE SLANTS” to make a statement about racial and cultural issues in the United States.  When he applied for Trademark protection, his […]

PATENT & DESIGNS FOR CORPORATE LAWYERS

Attached is a SLIDESHARE link that relates to a presentation given to the COWICHAN VALLEY BAR ASSOCIATION on July 26, 2016.   The presentation was intended to give this gathering of experienced corporate lawyers background on the law relating to patents and designs, along with some practical insight based upon my years of experience.  It was […]

Balancing of Interests under Copyright Law

Copyright law often includes a consideration of a “balancing the rights”, usually balancing the rights of content users and the rights of content creators.  Some recent court decisions illustrate how this “balancing” takes place and explore some new issues in copyright law. Maltz v. Witterick (a decision issued by the Federal Court of Canada in […]

Questions and Answers regarding Licensing Technology

Question:  I filed for patent protection. Should I still have potential Licensees sign a secrecy agreement? Answer:  Secrecy Agreements can get in the way of licensing discussions. Many companies you approach will not sign secrecy agreements.  In fact, large companies often require you to sign an agreement confirming that they are not bound by secrecy.   […]

VIATEC AWARDS – Employee of the Year and Team of the Year

Thompson Cooper is proud to sponsor the “Employee of the Year” at the ViaTec Award.  The nominees are: •Aleksey Vorona – xMatters •Aurora Walker and Rob O’Dwyer – Pretio Interactive •Matt Martin – Crowd Content Congratulations to the Employees of the Year – Aurora Walker and Rob O’Dwyer We feel that this is important as […]