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Contests and Sweepstakes

Ontario Trademark Lawyers has extensive experience in helping advertisers and promoters run successful nationwide contests and sweepstakes. In Canada, every province has a different set of rules regarding contests and sweepstakes. Our lawyers are able to help you run your promotion or marketing contest within the provincial laws, while giving you the confidence that you are handling the details adequately.

In Canada, promotional contests are generally governed by the federal Competition Act and Criminal Code, as well as the privacy legislation and contract law. In addition, Quebec has a regulatory regime that is separate from governing contests, which means that Quebec requirements should indeed be complied with.

At Ontario Trademark Lawyers, we work with in-house lawyers, marketing departments, advertising agencies, and sweepstakes administrators to help ensure the ethics and compliance of advocacy of all variations.

Given that the unwarranted conveyance of a promotional contest can lead to civil or criminal culpability, it is important to survey prospective promotional contests for compliance with key federal and provincial laws.

Operating contests in Canada typically includes the preparation of short rules and long rules, a skill-testing question and a review of creative materials for misleading advertising conformity.

Short Rules Include all of the required Competition Act disclosure requirements for point-of-purchase materials (e.g., print and in-store marketing, social media and Internet sites, packaging and labeling, television spots, etc.)

Long Rules ensure that definite rules are prepared that reflect the requirements of the contest, cover possible contingencies (e.g., technical problems) and that set out the details of the promotion as lucidly as possible – for example, eligibility requirements; prize descriptions, number and values; draws and award of prizes; and restitution and releases. Rules or precedence’s downloaded from the web rarely accurately reflect a particular promotion. Like all law, a lawyer should not only understand what each provision means, but all rules should be relevant to the particular promotion. In this regard, contests are contracts, and so if you as a promoter want to rely on the rules in the event of an issue, they should be as accurate and precise as possible.

Generally speaking, there are two types of contests. These are skill contests or consumer generated content contests, and those prizes are awarded randomly. Some of the types of skill contests may include judged essays, art competitions, sporting events, sales competitions, etc. Some common types of random selection contests include contests where winners are selected at random through a draw or raffle held by the promoter, instant win type winner selections, prize vaults where entrants are given numbers or codes to enter, scratch-and-win type promotions where entrants see whether they have won a prize, etc. Sometimes promoters prefer random draw contests, which are generally relatively easy to prepare and run. Other promoters like to have contestants more involved and producing more content. In any event, a wide variety of promotions can be run in Canada and are really only limited by promoters’ ability and inventiveness assuming the basic Canadian legal requirements are met.

There is a common misconception that contests are illegal in Quebec. Contests are not illegal in Quebec; there are just a few additional requirements that need to be met in addition to those required for the rest of Canada. These additional requirements include: filing the rules and creative copy 30 days before contest launch; translating contest rules; paying a duty to the Regie in Quebec; and a filing on the completion of the contest with a notice of prize awards, winners, etc. There are also some specific languages that need to be included in the contest rules for contests open in Quebec and it can also be prudent to run a contest concept by Quebec lawyer before launching a promotion to check any other specific requirements in Quebec.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Contests and Sweepstakes services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Copyright Registration

Copyright duration in Canada is the lifetime of the creator of the work, plus 50 years from the end of the calendar year that the creator died. In other countries copyright duration varies, for example in the United States and the United Kingdom, copyright duration is the creator of the works lifetime, plus 70 years from the end of the calendar year that the creator died.

Preventing rampant copying and theft of your valuable works of authorship is critical to securing the value that your employees and independent contractors generate within your company.

We handle copyright infringement and copyright litigation matters throughout Canada and the U.S. A copyright gives the owner the ability to reproduce‚ distribute‚ or use creative material and exclude others from utilizing the material without the owner’s permission. Under copyright law‚ ideas alone and facts alone cannot be protected. Only the expression of an idea is protectable under copyright law. When an idea is misappropriated‚ recovery of damages may be possible under legal theories other than copyright law. So‚ while the idea of a software program cannot be protected under copyright law‚ the written expression of the software program can be.

Due to the potential availability of statutory damages and attorneys’ fees‚ copyright litigation can have large monetary amounts at issue very quickly. When a copyright infringement occurs and a quick or easy resolution is not reached‚ the matter may end up as a lawsuit in federal court. This involves the filing of a Complaint by the plaintiff‚ an Answer or motions to dismiss by the defendant‚ discovery such as interrogatories and depositions‚ and finally trial. In the event that you are located outside or inside Canada and have a litigation issue here‚ we are happy to provide you with the services you need.

As lawyers with expertise in copyright Registration law, we are passionate about protecting that right. A copyright does exactly what the word implies: It gives you, the creator, the “right” to control any attempt to “copy” the work you have created. Reproduction, distribution, production, performance and display rights all fall under copyright protection and the realm of copyright law.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Copyright Registration services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

IP prosecution

IP prosecution means Intellectual Property prosecution. In other words, it is basically a process of acquiring allowance of a patent application after it is filed in the Patent and Trademark Office.

If you also want to get your intellectual property developed and protected then we at Ontario Trademark Lawyers are here to help you achieve that goal.

We have experienced and skilled professionals who are licensed to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office. Our expert lawyers will help you in the development and protection of your intellectual property.

Moreover, our professionals help various clients in the following Intellectual Property matters:

  • Prosecuting patents on behalf of medical centers, universities, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. This also includes patents related to various biotechnological inventions.
  • Prosecuting patents in diverse fields including inventions pertaining to pharmaceuticals, polymers, genetically engineered crop resistance and oil field technology.
  • Representing manufacturers of offshore drilling rigs in patent prosecutions.

We will help you with your patent prosecution and also make you understand the major difference between patent litigation and patent prosecution as both of them are very different things, although many people do not know or appreciate the difference between the two terms. Many members of the public may not know the exact difference between the two terms and may be confused.

To elaborate, when you want to sue any person for violating your patent rights, then you are looking for patent litigators. On the other hand, when you need a help to develop an intellectual property protection strategy which includes preparing and filing your patent applications with the patent and Trademark Office, then you are looking for a patent prosecutor.

Our IP prosecutors are licensed to practice law and are also licensed to practice in the Patent and Trademark Office. Accordingly, whenever you are on lookout for an Intellectual Property prosecutor, you can simply get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers as we are well suited to help you in every matter related to your IP prosecution.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our IP Prosecution services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

IP Licensing and Contracts

Licensing is primarily used to start a new business or expand an already existing business or improve the quality of the goods and services of an existing business. For various similar situations, licensing of Intellectual Property rights becomes significant so that different business goals can be achieved easily.

We at Ontario Trademark Lawyers help you in attaining IP licensing and contracts so that you can easily achieve your desired business goals and objectives as soon as possible. In fact, we assist you in knowing and appreciating the meaning and operations of IP licensing and IP contracts. IP contract means an assignment or license whereas the license means a contract that authorizes or restricts the creation of, access to or use of intellectual property, whether exclusive or non-exclusive. A licensing agreement is a partnership between an intellectual property rights owner (the licensor) and another who is authorized to use such rights (the licensee) in exchange for an agreed payment (fee or royalty). Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers are always available to assist you.

The different types of licensing agreements that are available can be categorized as:

  • Technology License Agreement
  • Trademark Licensing Agreement
  • Franchising Agreement and
  • Copyright License Agreement

With our vast knowledge of both IP licensing and IP contracts, we assure you our best assistance and support in making your agreements and contracts of Intellectual Property.

If you need a consultation or agreements please contact us immediately and we will be happy to help you with your legal needs. We warmly welcome you and assure you that our experienced lawyers will guide you in the best possible manner. Do not hesitate to contact us today.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our IP Licensing and Contracts services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Digital publishing and new media/cyber law

With the emergence and expansion of the Internet in the whole wide world, people are now taking up their businesses to new levels. People are now doing more businesses online. This has not only given a new image but also a new platform to businesses. Unfortunately, every development recorded in human history also comes with its own several problems and the Internet is not an exception.

There are people who do not wish you to grow and hence create hindrance by doing something that can damage you reputation, name and business. To prevent such online damages to businesses, we at Ontario Trademark Lawyers provide legal advice in cyber law to our clients. There are different forms of cyber bullying which may concern you in one form or another. Some of them are as follows:

  • Insulting: This means to post or spread false information about a person that can cause harm to that particular person or the reputation of that person or his business.
  • Targeting: This means to single someone out and invite others to attack or make fun of that person.
  • Identify Theft: This means to pretend to be someone else to make it look as if the other person said things that are not true about the person, thereby attracting negative online. attention toward the person whose identity was stolen.
  • Uploading: This means to share images of a person, mostly in an embarrassing situation, without the permission or to share emails without the writer’s permission.
  • Excluding: This means to pressurize others to exclude someone from a community (either online or offline).
  • Harassment: This means to repeatedly send someone nasty, meann and insulting messages

With diverse situations that fall under the ambit of cyber law, we cater to all and help you to sue the responsible person and claim appropriate damages, including monetary compensations, apologies and retraction of the negative publications. We have a team of experienced lawyers who have in-depth knowledge of cyber law and have previously successfully handled cases in this area of law.

We will do our best to ensure that you receive best possible results in case you are being unnecessarily targeted by another person. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the operations of cyber law. Contact us today and get your matter attended to with utmost ease.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Cyber Law services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Trademark Registration

Trademark registration process is complex and involves a number of technical legal hurdles. In fact, trademark applications need to be filed with the trademarks office of the country where the trademark is to be used.

Often, the applications for trademarks filed by lay persons without trademark experience get rejected for several reasons for it. This costs you time and money. In such a scenario, to save your time and money and most importantly to get your trademark registered without much complex examiners’ objections also called office actions, it is advisable to hire an experienced trademark lawyer.

Why we advise you to hire experienced trademark lawyers is because we at Ontario Trademark Lawyers have a team of experienced and skilled trademark lawyers that has dealt with numerous trademark registrations.

Our lawyers will assist you in filing a trademark application with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) or the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). Our trademark applications are in compliance with the domestic requirements of trademark and IP law. Registering a trademark gives you the exclusive right to use the trademark in the entire country in relation to the goods and services for which it has been registered.

In a nutshell, trademark registration is the only way of gaining protection over your trade name or logo. The registration of trademark also prevents a third party from using that trademark as a domain name. Moreover, the registration of the trademark provides you protection for 10 years. So, we invite all any person who wants to get their trademark(s) registered to contact us so that we can get their trademark registered with ease. Our skilled and experienced trademark lawyers are here to help you. Moreover, our lawyers offer quick, cost effective services.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Trademark Registration services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Privacy Law

As the name suggests, privacy law refers to the laws that deal with the regulation of personal and confidential information about the individuals that can be collected by government and other public agencies and private organizations.

In fact, privacy is a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution involving an individual’s right to autonomy. In today’s world, almost every bit of information is stored electronically, including medical, financial and other personal records. Hence it is really difficult to protect personal information.

There are times when people or organizations spread your confidential information to others or misuse your information. In such cases, you are entitled to rely on privacy laws to sue that particular person, agency or organization. For that, you may need a lawyer who can help you with the matter.

We at Ontario Trademark Lawyers have expertise in privacy matters. We have a team of qualified and skilled lawyers handle matters of violation of privacy laws. We help people in protecting their privacy rights and also seek the best possible remedy when privacy violations occur.

We at Ontario Trademark Lawyers litigate vast range of privacy issues on behalf of our clients. Some situations for which we will offer you our help are as follows:

  • Whether a company is improperly using personal records for profit
  • Whether a company is failing to safeguard data; and
  • Whether a company is breaching its obligations

We are here to help you in every matter that is in any way related to privacy violation. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers have experience in assisting the victims of privacy violation in numerous matters including:

  • Cell Phone Privacy
  • Medical and Health Privacy
  • Computer Privacy
  • Internet Privacy
  • Financial Privacy, and many more

So, whenever you feel that your privacy has been violated or compromised, do get in touch with our privacy lawyers who are here to help you and litigate the matter for you in the courtroom.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Privacy Law services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Marketing and Advertising Law

In today’s world, promotion of any particular service or product plays a very significant role in its public patronage and sales. This is the prime reason why marketing and advertising have taken a position of high prominence among other factors that determine the success of a specific product, service or business as a whole.

The advertising and marketing laws have been developed as a direct response to the growing role of marketing and advertising in today’s marketplace. Predominantly, these laws are related to the means and methods of communicating information about a product or service to the public. Understanding the significance of marketing and advertising as a big player in the success of a business is essential.

Moreover, it is really important for a business to ensure that it upholds its legal obligation to ensure that any claims or representations it makes in its advertising claims are truthful, not deceptive or in any other way violates the law.

In cases where any individual or an organization violates the marketing and advertising law, they can be held responsible and can be sued. This may damage or hamper the business. We at Ontario Trademark Lawyers know exactly what it takes to create a good advertising and thus offer our reputable services to our clients.

We are experienced in catering for different kinds of advertising and marketing law violation cases and provide a great help to:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Media outlets and
  • Other corporate advertisers

Our team of experienced lawyers has vast knowledge in matters relating to marketing and advertising law; hence we offer customized and innovative solutions to our clients’ needs. If you have any questions associated with marketing and advertising law, please call and have a word with our experienced and able lawyers today.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Marketing and Advertising services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com

Computer, Internet and Technology (IT) Law

Computer and Technology Law is also called Information Technology (IT) Law. Technological changes are taking place at a very rapid pace and brimming up with all new opportunities to make a business successful. People are trying to make business more productive so as to gain huge profits later on in time.

On the other hand, with the increased technological innovations, various problems related to security, cloud computing, social media and mobility have also arisen. It simply means that management of information and technology is the most important consideration for anyone in today’s world.

We at Ontario Trademark Lawyers are here to assist you in protecting your intellectual property by drafting and negotiating contracts that deal with all aspects of your information technology. The various aspects of information technology we deal with include:

  • Ownership Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Escrow Arrangements
  • Online Hosting Arrangements
  • Domain Name Transfer Agreements and
  • Other Information Technology Agreements and Licensing

Moreover, IT Law is itself a very broad practice area and comprises of:

  • Software and Hardware Protection
  • Access and Control of Digital Information
  • Internet Access and Usage
  • Privacy Issues
  • IT Security and
  • Electronic Commerce

With an expert team of lawyers who have in-depth knowledge about all the aspects of IT Law, we also assist you with various legal documents such as:

  • Software License Agreement
  • Trademark Assignment
  • End User License Agreement
  • Trade Name Assignment and
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement

With so much of expertise in a particular practice area, you can expect high grade of consultation from our highly competent and qualified lawyers. So if you are struggling with things related to IT Law, feel free to contact us and get the information that is accurate and updated.

To set up an appointment and to find out more about our Computer, Internet and Technology services, you can call us on 416-840-5572, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.

Business hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 5pm.
We work Monday to Friday, Saturdays and on holidays by appointment.

Contact Us:
Ontario Trademark Lawyers
WaterPark Place
20 Bay St, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8, Canada
Phone: 416-783-8378
Fax: 416-782-2286
Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266
Email:Info@OntarioTrademarkLawyers.com