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Federal Court Open Door to Business Method Patents

The Federal Court of Canada has overruled the Patent Appeal Board in concluding that business method patents can be approved in appropriate circumstances.  Coverage from the Globe and QMI.  I wrote about the issue last year.

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October 15, 2010 5 comments Must Reads

Government Approves Amazon Distribution Centre

The government has granted approval to Amazon to establish a Canadian distribution centre.  The online seller agreed to a series of conditions including new investments in Canada, increased availability of French language content, and increased visibility for Canadian books on Amazon.ca.

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April 13, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Bookseller Restrictions About Competition, Not Culture

Eight years ago, the federal government faced a hot-button cultural policy issue as online retail giant Amazon.com, which was already selling millions of dollars of books to Canadians from its U.S.-based site, sought entry into the Canadian market.  Canadian investment regulations posed a significant barrier, however, since the law required government approval for foreign investment in the book publishing and distribution sectors.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that Amazon was ultimately granted a form of non-entry entry.  The company established Amazon.ca, but did not set up shop in Canada.  Instead, it outsourced distribution to Canada Post, enabling the government to rule that the company’s plans fell outside the book distribution restrictions.

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March 17, 2010 34 comments Columns

Debating Amazon and Canadian Culture Laws

Yesterday I appeared on CBC Radio’s Q to debate the issue of Amazon and its plan to establish a distribution centre in Canada. ┬áThis podcast is no longer available online.

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March 17, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads, News Interviews, Tv / Radio

Bookseller Restrictions About Competition, Not Culture

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 15, 2010 as bookstalls Rules About Competition, Not Culture Eight years ago, the federal government faced a hot-button cultural policy issue as online retail giant Amazon.com, which was already selling millions of dollars of books to Canadians from its U.S.-based site, sought entry […]

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March 16, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive