Category: David Dias

The Threat of 3D Printing: Blakes Seminar

October 21 — Blake, Cassels & Graydon put on an excellent seminar last week on the threat to intellectual property posed by “3D printing.” If you haven’t heard, this is the technology — poised to utterly disrupt the manufacturing sector — that enables a smaller-than-a-breadbox device to create a detailed plastic or metal object right

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CCGG Stance on Dual-Class Shares Could Chill IPO Market

October 11 – The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) recently put out a statement on its “Dual Class Share Policy,” which lays out a series of governance principles that will guide its members when making decisions about investing in IPOs with dual-class share structures. These “principles” — which read more like guidelines for new

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Common Words Derived from Legalese

Lawyers are always being nagged for the impenetrable jargon they put on display. Not only is casually throwing out a term of art considered pretentious, some people will even view it with a tinge of suspicion — a sign that the scoundrels are, once again, trying to hide behind fancy words. Well, hard-done-by lawyers need

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How Terrorism Has Eroded Privilege

October 3 — This month in Lexpert magazine, Last Word columnist Paul Paton takes a look at the decade-long battle on client-solicitor privilege in Canada, and how the threat of terrorism is slowly eroding public support for rules that many believe help terrorists fund their attacks (“Privileges Can Be Taken Away,” October). As Paton writes:

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How Bad is the Big Deals Drought?

July 4 — This month’s issue of Lexpert includes an astonishing little table on blockbuster deals, and the numbers go a long way to explaining the M&A malaise that deal lawyers are feeling right now. The table ignores total deal volume to focus only on the biggest, highest-profile transactions — the kinds of deals a

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Myriad Could Lead to More Trade Secrets

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago invalidating the patentability of isolated, naturally occurring DNA segments could lead more biotechnology firms to conceal their discoveries, rather than enter the patent process. “A possible consequence is that some companies may consider keeping their discoveries as trade secrets rather than entering the patent process,” says Melanie

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BLG Gets Nod from ACC: Value Champion

The Association of Corporate Counsel has announced its 12 “Value Champions” for 2013 — and a major Canadian law firm has been recognized for its innovative pricing structure. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the only Canadian firm mentioned as part of the initiative — which honours co-operation between firms and law departments — for its

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Court Way off on Warrantless Cellphone Searches: George Takach

6 May 2013 — In this month’s technology column, George Takach picks apart the Ontario Court of Appeal’s troubling decision in Fearon, which rules that an arresting police officer can — without a warrant — confiscate a suspect’s cellphone and search through it for incriminating evidence, so long as the device is not password-protected. Takach

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Executive Misconduct: Comparing the Hollinger fiasco to the Griffiths Energy model

At the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s spring conference earlier this week, MNP’s Greg Draper moderated a frank and provocative panel discussion on “Responding to Executive Misconduct,” where experts detailed strategies for prevention, detection and response to executive fraud. The panel went beyond academic scenarios, though, and cited real cases like Hollinger, Niko Resources and Griffiths

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How law firms can get on the “preferred list”: Altman Weil’s CLO survey

We’re long past the age when a law firm could be kept in business solely on the basis of a personal client-counsel relationship. With RFPs becoming increasingly common and companies devising “preferred firm” short lists, the focus has shifted away from maintaining relationships, and towards maintaining preferential status. This is not news, but it does

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