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IP Practice Management Software

SMITHS IP is pleased to offer you licensed access to our custom-designed suite of IP software systems.  The suite includes our TRACER IP files database, our RANX docketing system (which integrates with the database) and our paperless maintenance fee instructions and payment facility.

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On Copyright, Ethics and Attribution

Lawrence Chan will be a panelist on a seminar entitled “On Copyright, Ethics and Attribution: Interdisciplinary Collaborations Between Artists and Scientists”. The seminar is part of the 2018 Science Writers & Communicators of Canada conference being held in Vancouver from April 12 to 14, 2018. The conference brings together scientists, engineers, journalists, educators, and others interested in communicating scientific and technological developments to the general public.

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Vancouver Immersion (post -INTA)

On May 24, 2018, we are happy to be hosting IP associates worldwide in Vancouver, British Columbia on their swing through the Pacific Northwest after the International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. Apart from our hosting a cocktail reception, many foreign IP firms will be immersing themselves (!) in Vancouver culture with team dragon boating in the heart of the city.  If you are interested in attending, drop us a note or a line!

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Hockey Emotions Boil Over

The annual French Moot Court put on by the Association des Juristes Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique will be held on March 10 at the Vancouver Law Courts to showcase the involvement of francophones in the BC legal system. This year's scenario regarding hockey will be tried, entirely in French, by French-speaking lawyers before a French-speaking judge and a French-speaking jury. As an avid hockey player, Paul Smith will be participating as counsel.

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Equustek Case – US District Court overrules SCC?

On June 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada considered issues of comity, freedom of expression and extraterritorial effect and confirmed the order against Google, also noting that absent a showing that the order would compel Google to break U.S. law, the extra-territorial reach of the order was justified in the circumstances of the case.

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