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How Valuable Do You Think Trade-Marks Are?

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The World's 10 Most Valuable Brands (2012)

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The Right Word Can Bring Huge Value

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Trademarks are a fundamental piece of marketing and branding for companies in today’s market. They serve as an indication of a source and a badge of quality for their products and services. Originally published in the Sep 14, 2012 issue of the Lawyers Weekly. Read the article here: http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=1738

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Some Questions To Get You Thinking About Your Estate Plan…

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If you don’t already have a Will in place, or if you haven’t looked at your Will for a while, take five minutes to answer a few of these simple questions.  You may be surprised how many of them apply to you……Do you have a Will?If you die without a Will, your assets may be administered by the Public Trustee and distributed in a manner contrary to your wishes.Do you have children?

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Ask A Lawyer – How Do I Select A Good TRADE-MARK?

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Trade-marks serve as an indication of a source and a badge of quality for their products and services. Trade-marks perform a key function in the marketplace and are of enormous value to businesses as they act as a sort of shortcut to get consumers to where they want to go. So, what should you look […]

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Incapacity Planning And Your Health Care

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A Representation Agreement is a legal planning document which can be used in British Columbia to provide your named representative the authority to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so because of mental or physical disability. Living Will language can also be incorporated into a Representation Agreement which provides the named representative the legal right to refuse specific medical treatment or any treatment at all.

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Philanthropy And Your Will

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phi•lan•thro•py is defined in the English Dictionary as “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.” Donations to charity via a Will are a main source of income for many Canadian charities.

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Elder Abuse

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Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs every day in BC. As many as one in two seniors in BC is abused. It is difficult to know when adults are being abused or neglected and often even harder to know exactly if or when to step in. Elder abuse can take many forms, both financial and non-financial. We often assume that adults can take care of themselves, but this may not always be true.

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Ask A Lawyer – Trade Name Vs. Trade-Mark – What’s The Difference?

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Many people confuse trade names and trade-marks and think they acquire trade-mark rights by virtue of having a trade name.

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Why Should You Register Copyright? The Top Reasons Why…

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Protecting your intellectual property is extremely important. For businesses, think of it as protecting the brand and image that is conveyed to the public. You want what they see to be within your control. Copyright registration gives you this control.Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. This includes books, music, sculptures, paintings, photographs, films, plays, television programs, radio [...]

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The .XXX Domain Extension

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This particularly “risky” domain is, you guessed it, the adult entertainment sponsored top level domain. This domain has finally been approved by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Unlike the .com, .ca, and .info domains, the .XXX domain cannot be registered by just anyone……it is limited to the adult entertainment industry (in a similar way to the ‘.gov’ sites being limited [...]

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Amendments To The Power Of Attorney Act, In Force September 1, 2011

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NEW RULES for Attorneys A number of significant changes to the Power of Attorney Act come into effect on September 1, 2011. These amendments will entrench the Enduring Power of Attorney as the document of choice for most people who wish to plan for the management of their financial affairs in the event of incapacity. […]

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Estate Planning For First Nations, Specifically In Relation To Reserve Land

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This is an interesting but complex area of the law. The Indian Act sets out a land holding scheme that is meant to preserve the Indian band’s ancestral land base in a communal sense. In line with the purpose of the Indian Act to protect the ancestral land base of Indian bands, only band members can acquire Certificates of Possession in reserve land. Certificates of Possession denote a transfer in rights to land on a reserve from the [...]

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The Harry Potter Stolen Font Fiasco

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Unfortunately for NBC Universal (“NBC”), along with the release of the final Harry Potter movie came the filing of a $1.5milion lawsuit against NBC. The Plaintiff, P22 Type Foundry (“P22”) is a company that designs typefaces. P22 are claiming that the font used on some Harry Potter merchandise (including a “Dementor Cap”, a “Hogwarts Stationery Set” and a “Hedwig Pillow”) was [...]

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Representation Agreements

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A Representation Agreement is a legal planning document which can be used in British Columbia to provide your named representative with the authority to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so because of mental or physical disability. Living Will language can also be incorporated into a Representation Agreement which […]

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Executor’s Duties

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What happens if you are appointed Executor?If you have been appointed Executor in a Will there are a wide range of obligations and responsibilities that you must fulfill. However, if you do not wish to act as the Executor, you may decline to do so by renouncing your Executorship and signing the appropriate documents so that the Alternate Executor may act or so that some other person may apply for Letters of Administration.What do Executor [...]

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Intellectual Property Information

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We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with important information about protecting your intellectual property rights.  This information is designed to assist you in evaluating your needs in that area.WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

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Licencing or Assigning Your Intellectual Property

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Licensing or assigning your intellectual property rights (such as trade-marks, copyrights and patents) to other companies can generate lucrative license fees and royalties but it can also be a minefield. To protect yourself, it is imperative to get these licensing and/or assignment arrangements in writing so as to avoid costly litigation in the future.

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Trade-mark Protection on Facebook

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As of June 13, 2009, the popular social networking site, Facebook, now allows users to reserve their usernames as URLs (the general information for this is posted at: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=90316352130).

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Realtors can Incorporate as of January 1, 2009

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Pursuant to the Real Estate Services Act (the “Act”), as of January 1, 2009, individual realtors may now form personal real estate corporations. Advice from professional advisors, such as Accountants and Lawyers, is extremely important to ascertain whether incorporation is right for an individual realtor. Every realtor’s situation is different and it is important to remember that tax/legal advice may vary greatly depending [...]

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