Canada Can’t Ignore the Patent Troll

The Government of Canada last month introduced the 2015 federal budget, part of which included plans to modernize Canada’s intellectual property (IP) regime by amending the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, and Industrial Design Act.

The new proposal brings IP back into the public spotlight. As we often see in the U.S. more so than at home, patent trolls – or more formally known as patent assertion entities (PAEs)– are feared because of their litigious, aggressive business strategies. As the Canadian government reforms IP, we must keep in mind the impacts of patent trolls before they begin attacking Canadian companies in court.

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Oil Prices Create Opportunities for Alberta Tech Community

Ask anyone in Alberta about the current oil prices and many of them will say the same thing: “We’ve been here before.”

As changing oil prices are causing a ripple effect throughout the industry, from upstream to downstream and out to service providers, other industries in Alberta also feel the effects – that includes the tech sector.

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Lynk App Encrypts Your Smartphone Data to Defend Against Identity Theft

When Vincent Ramoutar’s daughter was going to medical school two and a half years ago, he wired her some cash, as many parents do, which she accessed using her TD Bank mobile app.

An hour later, she got an email from TD saying that she needed to verify her account details. Little did she know that this was actual a phishing scam, and the $200 she received from her parents was taken out of her account.

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