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Use it and Lose it? Views from the U.S. and Canada on 3D Shapes, Usefulness and IP Protection

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Held on March 29, 2018

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. 

Speakers

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

Moderator

Maya Bielinski Gilbert's LLP

Continuing Professional Development

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive Hour.

If you wish to receive CPD accreditation for this webinar please write to karial@ipic.ca when you have completed viewing the recording. Please provide the CPD code as provided in the recording.

 

1 hr

Law Society of Ontario

Barreau du Québec

Law Society of British Columbia

Law Society of Saskatchewan

upon request

Law Society of Manitoba

Law Society of Alberta

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