5th Annual Civil Litigation Conference

Course Date: October 21, 2004

Welcome and Introduction

Bradley J. Freedman — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Patent Disputes

  • patent procedure from start to finish
  • what are the nuts and bolts?: forums, costs, pleadings, discoveries, and trial
  • do I want to get involved?

Timothy P. Lo — Smart & Biggar, Vancouver

Copyright and Moral Rights Infringement Litigation

  • establishing and pleading a copyright or moral rights cause of action
  • choice of forum and jurisdictional issues
  • remedies for copyright infringement
  • Copyright Board tariffs and judicial review proceedings
  • the future of copyright law in Canada

Scott E. Foster — Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Can You Keep a Secret? Maintaining Confidentiality and Privacy

  • rule by secrecy: an overview of the tort of breach of confidence and a duty of confidence
  • the rise of the Internet: how to keep business information secret
  • a public affair: the distinction between “public interest” and “interest of the public”
  • the ultimate negative liberty: the modern approach to keeping personal information secret
  • free as the common air to use?—publication of confidential information

David Wotherspoon — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Trade-mark Disputes

  • establishing common law and statutory trade-mark rights
  • protecting and enforcing trade-mark rights
  • remedies for trade-mark infringement
  • recent case law developments

Bradley J. Freedman — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Domain Name Dispute Resolution

  • IP issues online/domain name disputes
  • overview of the UDRP and CDRP
  • dispute resolution process and alternatives
  • CIRA WHOIS policy—exceptions?
  • recent cases and issues
  • anti-cybersquatting legislation
  • reverse domain name hijacking

Christopher S. Wilson — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Discovery in IP Litigation

  • managing client expectations
  • disclosure of financial information to competitors
  • disclosure of source code

Robert J. C. Deane — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act

  • overview of the legislation
  • does the proposed legislation hit the mark?
  • potential opportunities for litigators

Matthew D. Peters — McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments