IP Law News John Simpson

2017

September

Article by John Simpson in The Lawyer's Daily about Federal Court's decision in United Airlines grip site case

Shift Law opens new office at 60 St. Clair Ave. E.

August

Law Society of Upper Canada recognizes John Simpson as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Trademark and Copyright)

John Simpson quoted in article about case concerning United Airlines gripe site and trademark rights and copyright

July

John Simpson quoted in Advocate Daily article about recent case involving copyright in geophysical data

June

John Simpson re-elected to the OBA Intellectual Property Section Executive

Toba Cooper attends OBA conference on video gaming law

John Simpson quoted in Advocate Daily article about "official marks" in the Trademarks Act

May

Shift Law's Toba Cooper joins Breakfast Television to explain who owns copyright in photos posted online

April

Advocate Daily article by John Simpson about trademark provisions in the new Cannabis Act

March

Another victory for Shift Law in the Ontario Court of Appeal in case involving trademarks, domain names, copyright and alleged trade secrets and defamation

February

John Simpson quoted by The Lawyer's Daily in article about trademark injunction cases

John Simpson quoted in Law Times article about copyright trolling in Canada

January

Lawyers Weekly article by John Simpson about IP in Social Media
(This article originally appeared in the January 20, 2017 issue of The Lawyers Weekly)

John Simpson quoted in Advocate Daily article about "Copyright claims in the age of the Internet"

2016

December

John Simpson quoted in Techdirt article

November

John Simpson discusses Intellectual Property Litigation at the Ontario Bar Association

Advocate Daily article quoting John Simpson about "Fashion Santa" trademark battle

John Simpson quoted in Toronto Star article about trademark rights and copyright in "Fashion Santa"

September

John Simpson quoted in In-House lawyers magazine article about "Made in Canada" claims

John Simpson featured in Lawyers Weekly article about industrial design protection in Canada

August

Shift Law recovers 100% of client's legal costs from opposing party in what judge describes as "a case of considerable legal complexity" (and also describes Shift Law's fees as less than expected)

July

Shift Law obtains another summary judgment victory in case involving trademarks, copyright, domain names and defamation allegations

June

John Simpson co-chairs Ontario Bar Association program on Intellectual Property and the Internet

May

Article by John Simpson in Ontario Bar Association newsletter about responding to online brand attacks

April

Publication of Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents with chapter by John Simpson

Toba Cooper quoted in Toronto Star article about Lightsaber settlement with Lucasfilm

March

Shift Law retained for high profile IP theft case against City of Toronto

February

Toba Cooper joins Shift Law as an associate

January

John Simpson quoted in Law Times article on Small Claims Court copyright decision

2015

November

John Simpson presents on IP Strategies for Online Reputation Management

Shift Law short-listed for inclusion in Canadian Lawyer magazine's Top 10 IP Boutiques

John Simpson interviewed on Global News about McDonalds' trademark rights in "Mc" and "Mac"

October

John Simpson quoted in Toronto Star article about the TPP's copyright provisions

Article by John Simpson in Lawyers Weekly on countering "attack sites" and online defamation

September

John Simpson quoted in Toronto Star article about potential IP issues with Harry Potter inspired bar

John Simpson interviewed in Yahoo Finance about trademark and copyright issues with Dollarama chocolate bars

August

John Simpson interviewed about allegedly copied Exhibition Place sculpture

July

John Simpson interviewed on Global News about trademarks, hashtags and the Pan Am Games

June

John Simpson interviewed on CBC News about Instagram Terms of Use 

May

Article by John Simpson in Lawyers Weekly about protecting IP in Internet memes

April

John Simpson interviewed about proposed copyright extension for sound recordings

March

John Simpson quoted in article about "Blurred Lines" copyright case 

John Simpson quoted in Law Times article on IP Due Diligence 

John Simpson quoted in Advocate Daily article about IP and Social Media 

February

John Simpson presents to other legal practitioners on remedies in trademark and copyright litigation

January

 John Simpson discusses trademarking viral catch phrases 

John Simpson quoted in Toronto Star article on trademarks in sports


 2014

December

Another big win for Shift Law! Trade-marks Opposition Board expunges registration for BROADVIEW 

November

Article by John Simpson about latest proposed amendment to Copyright Act

Shift Law is recognized for its legal work by the Heart & Stroke Foundation

October

Article on Shift Law's latest summary judgment win 

John Simpson quoted in article about new trademark legislation 

John Simpson quoted in article about official marks 

John Simpson lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School on IP law

September

Interview with John Simpson about the upcoming new trademark legislation 

August

Another big summary judgment win for Shift Law! See Brown v. Canada, 2014 FC 831

John Simpson discusses the inevitable disclosure trade secrets doctrine 

June

Article by John Simpson regarding the Harley Davidson "Screamin' Eagle" case 

John Simpson discusses the value of registering trademarks in the Tangerine case

More press about Shift Law's big win in domain name case

Shift Law moving to downtown offices

John Simpson quoted regarding the proposed Digital Privacy Act 

April

John Simpson quoted in article about the Digital Privacy Act 

March

John Simpson discusses "Screamin' Eagle" trade-mark decision 

Article by John Simpson regarding the Teksavvy case and copyright trolling 

February

John Simpson discusses why "Dumb Starbucks" is a dumber idea 

John Simpson discusses Federal Court's decision in COHIBA case

January

John Simpson quoted in article regarding trade-mark usage in pop culture 

John Simpson discusses generic trade-marks 

John Simpson discusses recent case about domain names where Shift Law obtained summary judgment on behalf of its client  

 


2013

December

John Simpson discusses the importance of checking the trademark database before adopting a trademark 

November

John Simpson discusses an automaker protecting its logo from use by Ford 

October

Interview with John Simpson about the importance of policing your trade-marks 

September

John Simpson quoted in article regarding MACDIMSUM trade-mark case 

August

John Simpson discusses copyright infringement case relating to conceptual art 

July

Interview with John Simpson about the rise in domain name litigation 

John Simpson quoted in "Trademarks: How to Protect Your Brand" 

June

Case helps define line between aggregating and copying content

John Simpson attended lawTech Camp 2013 in Toronto on June 8th

May

Lawsuit targets illegal downloaders 

John Simpson attended International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Dallas (May 4 - 8)

April

Terms of Use and User Generated Content - Agence France Presse v. Morel 

March

Uncertainty over on-line data scraping 

Interview with John Simpson regarding protection of on-line databases 

February

John Simpson presented on IP for Small Businesses for EDC Enterprise Toronto on February 5th

 


2012

December

Updated Copyright Law Welcomed 

November

Court Doesn't Take a Pass on Domain Name Confusion 

Case an Authority on Domain Name Passing Off 

John Simpson attended the Globe's Small Business Summit at MaRSDD

October

Employees and Confidential Business Information 

Trade Secret Theft Has Dramatically Increased 

Intellectual Property: Risks and Rewards

Quoted in Toronto Star : Naming a Business Key to Marketing (October 19, 2012)

Interview with John Simpson on Trade Secret Theft 

September

Can Government Force Plain Packaging on Cigarettes? 

Plain Cigarette Packaging Law Suits Would Play Out Differently in Canada 

August

The Importance of Protecting Confidential Business Information 

July 

LEGAL BRIEF: John Simpson

June

Protecting a Small Businesses' Most Valuable Asset - IP

Attended the 2012 Information Technology Law Spring Forum

May

Intellectual Property for Small Businesses presentation at Enterprise Toronto, Toronto City Hall

Intellectual Property Rights in Social Media presentation at lawTech Toronto, University of Toronto Law School