Intellectual Property Rights Owners Given More Ammunition in Canada

On June 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc., a case involving intellectual property infringement. The decision has far-reaching implications because the Supreme Court upheld a worldwide injunction against Google Inc. The search engine powerhouse, despite being a non-party to the underlying infringement litigation, was ordered to remove all links to infringing websites from Google search results, anywhere in the world. The global reach of this order is unprecedented, and gives intellectual property rights owners additional possible recourse against infringers and counterfeiters. In commercial disputes involving infringement of IP rights, Canada has arguably become a more attractive venue in which to litigate those rights.

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