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  • Licensing can be a flexible and effective method for transferring intellectual property rights. This paper reviews the basics of intellectual property licensing. Topics discussed include grant of rights, restrictions of use, responsibilities of the parties to the agreement, compensation structures, representations and warranties, and termination issues. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Intellectual Property Law for Non-IP Lawyers program in Edmonton on February 5, 2019 and in Calgary on February 12, 2019.  
  • This paper provides an introduction to patent law. It reviews what a patent is and the requirements for patent protection: novelty, utility, and inventiveness. It also discusses how to apply for a patent and how to protect patent rights. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Intellectual Property Law for Non-IP Lawyers program in Edmonton on February 5, 2019 and in Calgary on February 12, 2019.  
  • This paper considers the scope of intellectual property [IP] due-diligence in commercial transactions. It discusses the types of IP rights that may affect commercial transactions. It also considers a goal-driven perspective for IP due-diligence processes and why a buyer should be wary of only relying on a seller’s representations and warranties. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Intellectual Property Law for Non-IP Lawyers program in Edmonton on February 5, 2019 and in Calgary on February 12, 2019.  
  • This paper considers how clients can preserve their intangible assets and take advantage of valuable intellectual property rights. It first reviews the basics of trademark law, and then discusses some more complex areas of brand protection. Topics discussed include registered vs. unregistered trademarks, terms and scope of marks, the registration process, ownership issues, and changes to trademark legislation coming into force in June 2019. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Intellectual Property Law for Non-IP Lawyers program in Edmonton on February 5, 2019 and in Calgary on February 12, 2019.  
  • This paper discusses damages for breach of contract. It reviews the Tercon test (Tercon Contractors Ltd v British Columbia (Minister of Transportation & Highways), 2010 SCC 4) for interpretation of exclusion of liability clauses, and then highlights judicial consideration of limitation and exclusion clauses post-Tercon. It also discusses recent judicial treatment of liquidated damages clauses. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s The Law of Damages 2018 program in Edmonton on March 8, 2018 and in Calgary on March 15, 2018.
  • This paper discusses the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, and identifies how the decision has been applied in recent case law from the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 51st Annual Refresher: Business program in Lake Louise from May 6–8, 2018.  
  • This paper discusses judicial remedies available to fight business fraud. Those remedies include Anton Piller orders, Mareva Injunctions, oppression actions, and investigations under Part 18 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act. Each remedy is discussed in detail, with sample scenarios provided to help illustrate the circumstances in which each remedy might be sought. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Business Disputes program in Lake Louise on May 5, 2018.  
  • This paper considers the law surrounding the interpretation of exclusion, limitation of liability, and sole remedy clauses, and addresses the impact of these clauses on dispute resolution. It discusses the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tercon Contractors Ltd v British Columbia, 2010 SCC 4, and in particular, the 3-step analytical approach for determining the applicability of exclusion clauses, introduced in that decision. It also provides practical advice for drafting contracts. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Business Disputes program in Lake Louise on May 5, 2018.  
  • This paper considers potential tax consequences in business disputes. It reviews corporate tax rules and illustrates different corporate tax planning options and outcomes. It also reviews the tax treatment of damages and settlement amounts. Finally, this paper considers the tax treatment of various expenses often incurred in business disputes, and provides suggestions for obtaining the most favourable tax treatment possible in respect of those expenses. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Business Disputes program in Lake Louise on May 5, 2018.  
  • This paper discusses the general principles of contracting that flow from the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, which will aid practitioners to successfully draft enforceable agreements. Three contractual principles arising from the case are discussed: the court expects that parties will not lie or mislead, the court does not require contractual terms to be fair, and the court will uphold express contractual terms but will be slow to imply terms. The paper also provides tips for drafting agreements and suggested clauses to include. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Business Disputes program in Lake Louise on May 5, 2018.