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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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DLA Piper pursues mega-deals after corporate strategy overhaul

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has reviewed its corporate strategy and upped the threshold of deals its City office will farm out to its regional offices. DLA Piper is now aiming to act on deals of up to £2bn in value and will send more small deals to the regions after the average size of […]

Kraft creates top patent roles to grow IP capability

US food company Kraft Foods is looking to beef up its internal IP legal capacity, creating two new top roles for patent lawyers. Kraft is searching for a senior patent counsel in Europe, as well as a patent lawyer to take charge of patents in the US. Jackie Leimer, vice-president and associate general counsel, is […]

Chelsea blue after losing ‘Chelski’ battle

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Post-SIF landscape sees fall in conveyancing claim numbers

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