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Hoffer Adler LLP’s Legal Insight Series - Injunctions in Franchise Disputes

Idan Erez | May 17, 2019

Part 1: What is an Injunction, and What Role Does it Play in Franchise Disputes?

As is true of almost any commercial relationship, it is sometimes the case that a dispute can develop between the franchisor and one or more of its franchisees. When such a dispute develops, it is often the case that one or more of the parties will seek the court’s assistance to resolve it.

One Month and Counting! Major Changes to Canadian Trademarks Regime will Come into Force on June 17, 2019

Stephanie Chong | May 17, 2019

The Canadian trademarks regime will see major changes coming into effect on June 17, 2019. The last time our laws in this area underwent significant transformation was in the 1950s, so June 17th will be a significant day indeed.

The impact will be seen in two major respects:

1.            Changes to domestic trademark filings; and

2.            Implementation of the Madrid Protocol, whereby international filings can be made

Hoffer Adler LLP’s Legal Insight Series - Mediation and Arbitration Provisions in Franchise Agreements

Idan Erez | April 1, 2019

Part 3: Is Your Dispute Captured by Your Mediation/Arbitration Provision?

Hoffer Adler LLP’s Legal Insight Series - Mediation and Arbitration Provisions in Franchise Agreements

Idan Erez | March 19, 2019

Part 2: Can the Existence of a Mediation or Arbitration Provision Postpone the Deadline By Which One Party Can Sue the Other?

This is the second installment in Hoffer Adler LLP’s continuing Legal Insight Series focusing on mediation and arbitration provisions in franchise agreements. For Part 1 of this Series, click here.

Hoffer Adler LLP’s Legal Insight Series - Mediation and Arbitration Provisions in Franchise Agreements

Idan Erez | March 12, 2019

Part 1: Are Parties Other Than the Franchisor and the Franchisee Bound by the Mediation or Arbitration Provision?

It is not uncommon for franchise agreements to include provisions requiring the parties to resolve any future disputes that may arise between them by means of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and/or arbitration, instead of by commencing a court lawsuit.

It’s my party (and I’ll sue if I want to)*

Stephanie Chong | February 25, 2019

Politics and trademarks may make an odd coupling, but the two realms have squarely met in lawsuits recently filed with the Federal Court.

Satinder Singh Dhillon is claiming intellectual property rights in the name “People’s Party of Canada”. Those who closely follow the sometimes arcane world of Canadian politics will know that this is the same name chosen for a political party whose leader is Maxime Bernier, a former member of the Conservative Party of Canada who served as a cabinet minister under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Well, “high” there … What trademark owners need to know about the new Cannabis Act

Stephanie Chong | October 17, 2018

Today marks a historic moment in Canada – the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana is now legal.

The stated purpose of the Cannabis Act is to protect public health and safety, including protecting youth by restricting their access to cannabis.

The Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Trademarks – Is your brand ready?

Stephanie Chong | June 4, 2018

I recently returned from Seattle, where I attended the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA). This event attracted nearly 11,000 brand owners and their service providers from all over the world. Among such a large international gathering, attendees were able to discuss many issues of interest in the trademarks field.

One question that regularly came up was: When will Canada finally become part of Madrid?

Recent Case Indicates Possible Extension of Rescission Period

Joseph Adler | November 22, 2017

I was asked by to comment on the recent Ontario court decision, 2212886 Ontario v. Obsidian Group.