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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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New Shareholder Registers for Federally Incorporated Private Canadian Companies

By Millie Bojic New Registers Required Changes are coming for federally incorporated private companies per amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”). As of June 13, 2019, such private companies will require maintenance of a new register for any individuals that possess ‘Significant Control’ over the business (the “New Register”). Each such individual…

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Understanding Canada’s Cannabis Industry

The legalisation of cannabis is a huge milestone, not just for Canada but for the rest of the world.  Canada has become only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalise the recreational use of cannabis at a federal level.  More importantly, however, Canada is the first G7and G20 country to legalise cannabis…

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Canada’s Imminent Trademark Law Changes Attract Brand Trolls to Canada

Back in 2014, Canada ratified the adoption of three international trademark treaties that will impact aspects of domestic Canadian trademarks law.  These are the most significant changes made to Canadian trademarks law in 50 years.  The implementation of these treaties into domestic law has been slow.  (And by that we mean: sloooooow).  Four years later,…

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Canada Looks to Bolster Protection of Traditional Knowledge

Every artist has their muse, and sometimes that muse is a foreign culture. But what happens when that inspiration is considered cultural theft? Growing concerns around cultural appropriation have many artists asking: “where is the line between inspiration and theft?” For some cultural groups, the issue is not being acknowledged or properly compensated for use…

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Canada Announces Intellectual Property Strategy

Spearheaded by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister, the Canadian government recently announced its plan to put intellectual property at the forefront of Canadian businesses by issuing an intellectual property strategy.  This is the first of its kind in Canada.  The Federal government recognizes that intellectual property intensive businesses enjoy increased profitability, as well…

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Canada Considers Amending Privacy Laws to Better Manage Online Reputation

Froese Law’s philosophy is that every individual and every company has a brand. In some instances, elevating an individual’s brand (such as the CEO, influencer, fitness guru, chef, magazine editor, etc.) indirectly flows through to elevating the company’s brand, and vice versa. Such branding interplay creates merchandising opportunities, licensing revenues and increased exposure. At the…

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Is your Brand Patriotic?

When dealing with consumer facing, heavily branded products, services and celebrity lines, it is important to stand out in the marketplace.  Ensuring that your company’s brand resonates with real and potential consumers is critical.  Being strategic in determining all of the different factors that evoke an emotional response by the consumer is tantamount. In today’s…

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Cannabis: Architecting your Dope Message

Slowly, but surely, Canada has been taking measured steps to legalize cannabis for mass consumption.  Whereas the cultivation of cannabis in Canada and sale for medicinal purposes is currently legal (and regulated by Health Canada), its full legalization for recreational consumption is imminent. What is the Status of the Cannabis Act? The Canadian House of…

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