Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT – THE UK INQUISITION

Australian companies trading overseas face a variety of regulation which governs their operation.  That regulation includes the following:

Australian laws governing trade in Australia;Australian laws governing trade...

Is There a Canadian Equivalent to Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act?

The answer is no and maybe. While Canada does not have a trade remedy exactly like Section 337 of the Tariff Act, Canada does have a mechanism that may be used to obtain a court order against foreign goods that infringe a...

The ABCs of the Canada-EU CETA Negotiations

This blog posting on the ABCs of the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) can be adapted for most free trade agreement negotiations. As the 6th Round Canada-EU CETA negotiations is starting on January...

Fashion Design Piracy Bill

In the current lame-duck session of Congress, it is not yet clear what will happen regarding a number of pending matters. Of particular interest to the fashion industry is what has been called a design piracy protection measure...

Identity Theft Takes Yet Another New Turn

Originally published in the Journal of Commerce On-Line edition in August 2010

In the May edition, the latest "twist and turns" arising out of instances of corporate identity theft were described. To summarize, corporate...

North American Company is Successfully Using China's IPR Laws

China Daily is reporting that Microsoft successfully sues an intellectual property rights infringer in a Shanghai Court.  The report indicates that Daxhong Insurance has been ordered to pay Microsoft 2.17 yuan ($317,900) as...

Published Reports About Canada-EU CETA Are Discouraging

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a paper about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Canada-EU CETA) entitled "Negotiating from Weakness: Canada-EU trade treaty...

There Is More Than A Volcanic Ash Cloud Hanging Over the Canada-EU CETA Negotiations

During the week of April 19, 2010, Canada and the EU scheduled the third round of negotiations of the Canada- European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Ottawa, Canada. On April 20, 2010, Canada's...

Draft of Intellectual Property Chapter of Canada-EU CETA Different Than Other FTAs

Michael Geist has posted an excellent summary of the proposed intellectual property chapter of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement under negotiation. For a copy of his blog article, please go to the following...

Canada's Export & Import Controls Bureau Launches Consultations on Encryption Technology

On March 8, 2010, Canada's Export & Import Controls Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (the "EICB") announced it is engaging in consultations with interested Canadian companies and wishes to...

Reading the Tea Leaves in the EU-India FTA Negotiations to Anticipate Issues for Canada-EU CETA

News Centre reports that India and the EU free trade agreement negotiators will meet next week after the Canadian delegation leaves Brussels. The India-Eu FTA negotiations started in 2007 and the negotiators are on the Seventh...

Canada - EU CETA Update: Copyright

The Wire Report is reporting that the EU is pressuring Canada in the second Round of Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations to make significant amendments to Canada's copyright laws....

TRADE Act Proposed

The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act, TRADE Act, H.R. 3012, mandates review of all international trade agreements currently in force, establishes new standards and requirements for future trade...

WTO Panel Decision in China Publications & Audiovisual Case Important

On August 12, 2009, the WTO issued the DSB Panel Decision in DS363 "China — Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products". To obtain a copy of the...

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Issues Report Facebook Needs to Improve Privacy Practices

On July 16, 2009, Canada's Privacy Commissioner issued a news release entitled " facebook needs to improve privacy practices, investigation finds". A copy of the news release may be found at the following link -...

USTR Wants Canada to Implement IP Protection at Border - Canadian Trade Lawyers Cheer

The Obama administration added Canada Thursday to a notorious intellectual property blacklist of countries. One of the key issues is Canada's lack of border enforcement of copyright. Washington wants Canada to put an...