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.
Archive for October 15th, 2010
An Alberta court has ruled that University of Calgary sanctions against two students who posted negative comments about a professor on Facebook violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The New America Foundation has released a new study comparing cell phone rates in 11 countries. It finds that Canada ranks as the most expensive for packages that include voices, text, and data.
Telus CEO Darren Entwistle says that the company believes that the CRTC rules governing fair access to traditional broadcasting â€œare not limited to linear TV, they extend into broadband and wireless.â€
Canada’s legal framework makes for a convenient explanation, but the reality is that subtle legal differences are rarely the primary rationale for business and marketing decisions. Moreover, Canadian privacy, e-commerce, and intellectual property laws are compliant with international standards and recent surveys have found that business executives view Canadian protections as better than those in the United States. As the Canadian government readies its national digital economy strategy, identifying the real reasons behind delayed entry into the Canadian market is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
At least three explanations come to mind.