Startup and video game law, from a Canadian and U.S. perspective


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Changes to California’s Privacy Law – Consumer Privacy Rights Act

On November 3, 2020, California voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), which replaces the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The CPRA expands consumers’ rights regarding protection of personal information. Companies collecting personal data should review the changes to ensure compliance. Indeed, we anticipate that enforcement of these laws will drastically increase...

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Expedited Trademark Examinations in Canada

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently announced that it will be accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications along with other measures to speed up the trademark registration process in Canada. Before the recent announcements, CIPO took approximately 24-30 months to issue an examiner’s report (also called an office action). The new measures...

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Canada’s Start-up Visa Program

To attract foreign entrepreneurs to work in Canada, Canada has implemented the Start-up Visa Program. The program gives qualified business owners and their families an expedited track to permanent residency if they can meet the requirements. To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must (1) have a qualified business, (2) obtain a letter...

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Video Game Studio Intellectual Property Strategy

Recently we’ve seen an uptick in interest among video game studios looking to protect their intellectual property, with a focus on protecting characters and game/studio names. Here is a list of priorities that should be considered when determining or developing a video game studio’s intellectual property strategy (in common order of priority). 1. Trademark protection...

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