Archive for August 14th, 2006

Privacy Commissioner Launches SWIFT Investigation

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced that she has launched an investigation into the privacy issues related to SWIFT.  It is good to see that the Commissioner is willing to proceed on this issue, but frustrating that they have not taken the same approach with other privacy issues involving […]

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August 14, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

So Much for the Death of Radio

Statistics Canada reports that the Canadian private sector radio industry enjoyed its highest profits in recent history with the largest annual increase in revenue in 17 years.

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August 14, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canadian Online Learning Company Hit With Patent Suit

A Waterloo, Ontario company spends years developing new technologies that leverage the power of the Internet.  It develops a global following.  Then, seemingly out of the blue, it is hit with a patent infringement suit by a U.S. company, instantly facing the prospect of years of costly litigation in U.S. courts.  With limited resources, it must defend itself by arguing that the patents are invalid.

So begins my weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, BBC International version, homepage version) which does not discuss the RIM-NTP patent suit but rather the recent patent lawsuit launched by Blackboard, a learning management system company, against Desire2Learn, a Canadian competitor.  Both the patent and the lawsuit have generated enormous anger within the academic and open source software communities.

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Shades of Another Battle of Waterloo

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 14, 2006 as Shades of Another Battle of Waterloo Appeared in the BBC on August 14, 2006 as Patent Battle over Teaching Tools   A Waterloo, Ontario company spends years developing new technologies that leverage the power of the Internet.  It develops a […]

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