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The recent U.S. Supreme Court case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands brought a measure of certainty, though perhaps not simplicity, to U.S. copyright law's treatment of useful articles. Meanwhile, Canadian jurisprudence, thus far, has taken a less rigourous approach to determining whether a physical object's usefulness is a bar to copyright. This webinar will consider the U.S. separability doctrine and Canadian analysis of utilitarian function. We will also discuss intersections with trademark law, and some of the real-world implications of these laws in the 3D printing and custom manufacturing space. 


Paul Banwatt Gilbert's LLP
Michael Weinberg IP & General Counsel, Shapeways


Maya Bielinski Gilbert's LLP

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