IP and Internet Law in 2010

2009 was a fascinating year in the world of intellectual property and internet law. Here are a few issues to watch in 2010:

Olympic Marks:  The next few months will focus attention on the uses and abuses of both Olympic marks, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act. 

Canadian Copyright Reform and Anti-Spam Law: The Canadian copyright reform process has stalled yet again. The government undertook a public consultation process in the fall but any prospect of movement on this issue has again died in the wake of Parliament’s prorogation.  This also applies to proposed anti-spam legislation that died on the order paper. Political pundits are speculating about a fall 2010 election, and if that happens, we won’t see any developments in copyright reform or anti-spam laws until 2011 at the earliest.

US Patent Reform: As we predicted in IP & Internet Law in 2009, a proposed patent reform bill was introduced early in 2009, but since then, the patent reform process in the US is stalled. House and Senate bills are inching through Congress.

The Development of App Law: The surprise of 2009 was the rapid development of app law – the law of mobile applications. This trend can be expected to continue as legal disputes help clarify the law in this growing area.

Copyright Class Action: Though this lawsuit was commenced in 2008, it has the potential to become headline news in 2010 if it proceeds through the courts – it’s the ghost of Chet Baker vs the Recording Industry in a copyright claim for unpaid royalties (see: Canadian Copyright Class Action… Against the Recording Industry).

Business Method Patents: In both Canada and the US, the patentability of business methods is being contested, and a decision in the Bilski case (in the US), as well as an appeal of the rejection of the Amazon 1-click patent (in Canada) should come in 2010.  We can finally expect to get some clarity in this area.

Calgary – 11:45 MST


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