Investment in innovation: a look at British Columbia’s budget 2021

On April 20, 2020, the Government of British Columbia tabled the 2021-2022 provincial budget. Budget 2021 focuses on recovery from the economic harm inflicted on BC by the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes $3.25 billion in COVID-19 recovery spending.

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The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into ‘smart cities’. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

County Court confirms pandemic rent suspension clause is normal

Since the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the early rent concession discussions, landlords and tenants have been grappling with providing for future pandemics. Early thinking that pandemic disruption should be an occupier risk was made difficult by the approach of insurers to occupiers’ business interruption polices (now the subject of a Supreme Court decision). Whatever the ultimate outcome for 2020 policies, future insurance is unlikely to be the answer. So landlords and tenants have been trying to strike a balance in new lease drafting to deal with the risk of future pandemic disruption. But what is normal? What is fair?

Protecting Canadian innovation in the Cleantech sector

Emerging technologies to mitigate environmental impact and even remediate harm that has already occurred, known colloquially as “cleantech”, represent a potentially explosive growth opportunity for Canadian innovation. Intellectual property rights, and in particular patent protection, can be an important asset for Canadian cleantech companies that can and should be leveraged as part of their business and growth strategy. Patent rights can be valuable not only in excluding competitors and soliciting investment, but even in terms of marketing. Patents can demonstrate that a company is on the cutting edge of sustainable technology.

Expedited trademark examination now available in Canada

On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that it will begin accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications along with other new measures to reduce delays in examination.

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New changes impacting the leasing legislation

Law no. 83/2021 amending and supplementing Government Ordinance no. 51/1997 on the leasing operations and the leasing companies was published on April 16, 2021 in the Official Gazette no. 401, Part I. Importantly, the provisions of Law no. 83/2021 may only be applied for leasing agreements concluded after its entry into force.

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