Fordham Law School Fair Use Panel

Friday, April 22, 2022

On April 22, 2022, I participated as a panelist at the Fordham Law School's Hansen annual intellectual property conference. The subject was Fair Use and in particular the recent US Second Circuit Warhol decision and the Supreme Court decision in Google v. Oracle.  Speakers on the panel included Prof Jane Ginsburg, Joseph Gratz and Daan Erikson.


AIPPI Annual Meeting

Friday, October 22, 2021

At the AIPPI annual meeting I participated as chairman of the international leadership team for Study Question 278 "Industrial designs and the role of prior art".  Previous to this, I had also been chairman of the Canadian group studying this question.

I also participated in the Canadian Group studying Q276 "Inventiveness and sufficiency of disclosure in AI inventions"

In addition I participated as discussion leader in the AIPPI cafe 34 session "Parody, satire and pastiche"  lead by Dale Nelson.

Rights in Data

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I am pleased to report that I have authored the Canadian chapter of a new book entitled "Law of Raw Data" published by Wolters Kluwer. This book was edited by Christian Czychowski and Jan Bernd Nordemann.  It followed from a study on IP rights in data that was undertaken  by the AIPPI in 2020. 

Industrial Design Rights book published

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

I am happy to report that the 3rd edition of Industrial Design Rights: An International Perspective, edited by me, has now been published by Kluwer in December 2020. This new edition covers 25 countries and represents the substantial work of over 50 country authors.
More information is available here:on the Wolters Kluwer web site at 

AIPLA trademark panel

Thursday, October 22, 2020

On October 22, 2020, I coordinated a panel at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) on "The collision between the first amendment and trademark law".  Moderator was Jeniifer Van Kirk and panelists were Lauren Emerson, Paul Safier, Nicole Berkowitz and Alison Malsbury.

Copyright panel AIPPI and Data Rights.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

On October 7,  I spoke on a panel at the AIPPI annual virtual meeting on Copyright and Covid 19. Topics were "How have or will Covid effect the interpretation of exemptions in copyright law" amd "User generated content".

The panel was moderated by Prof Sanna Wolk from Stockholm and in addition to me included Prof Avv. Alessandro Enric Cogo from Italy and Attorney Nathan Yang from NTD IP Attorneys in China.

Patenting computer implemented inventions

Friday, October 2, 2020

On October 2, 2020, I moderated a panel at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) on Patenting Computer Related Inventions.  This panel discusssed developments in Canada and the U.S. including the new Choueifaty decision in Canada. Panelists were Hugh Mansfield at Lavery and Jerry Selinger at Patterson Sheridan.