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Polishing Up On Cosmetics Law

First, we apologize for the title.  We just can’t help ourselves with the puns.  Dad humour runs deep in our veins.  Now. on to the serious stuff: cosmetics law.  Overview of Governing Framework Health Canada governs cosmetics, personal care products and drugs.  Cosmetics are defined as “any substance used to clean, improve or change the…

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Canada’s Cannabis Industry: One Year Later

Almost one year ago, Canada officially legalized recreational cannabis federally.  With sunrise provisions contained in the Cannabis Act that have yet to come into effect, there are still some unknowns and moving targets.  Our philosophy is that knowledge is power.  This article provides a comprehensive overview of Canada’s cannabis industry: where we’re at and where…

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Attracting Gen Z Consumers

As new generations of consumers come into the marketplace, successful brands are well advised to consider how their purchasing behaviours may vary. After all, you and your parents value things differently. It’s not surprise that your offspring varies from you too. By 2020, individuals born between 1995-2010 will make up the most significant number of…

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Trademarks: An Invaluable Asset for any Consumer Facing Company

If you’re running a heavily branded, consumer facing company (regardless of whether you’re providing a service or product), the company’s brand is an invaluable corporate asset. In addition, if you are a talent who is raising your own profile, you yourself may be a brand as well. Trademarks law is the ultimate legal tool to…

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Understanding the Right of Personality: Brooke Shields Raises Eyebrow at Charlotte Tilbury

An interesting case in the US was recently launched by actress Brooke Shields (“Shields”) against makeup conglomerate Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Inc. (“Charlotte Tilbury”), which highlights the importance of brand expansion planning for celebrities and their namesake brand.  Understanding the Case In May 2019, Shields issued a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Charlotte…

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Building Your Influencer Empire

These days, everyone is doing it for the ‘gram.  But those who are doing it well are also doing it for coin.  Influencer marketing is a pervasive and persuasive type of marketing.  By collaborating with influencers, brands are able to directly promote to their target demographic.  By collaborating with brands, influencers are able to monetize…

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Kawhi Leonard takes on Nike

As a Toronto-based law firm and rampant supporter of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, we have to dedicate this week’s newsletter to our MVP, Kawhi Leonard (especially in view of the latest win as NBA champs).  In the midst of the finals against the Golden State Warriors, Leonard launched a lawsuit against Nike in California…

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Launcing a Legally Compliant Contest

  Contests are a great way of advertising your business and, with the rise of social media, it has never been easier to reach such a big audience. Contests are a great way to garner attention and divert potential customers to your brand. Not only can this led to an increase in sales, it may…

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Comparative Advertising Laws in Canada

Comparative advertising is a creative advertising technique that involves simultaneously advertising your own brand, whilst also comparing it to another brand. This allows consumers to see your brand’s superiority and its differences with other brands in the market. This may be a good tactic to divert consumers towards your brand away from the dominant player.…

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