Exciting times – and big headaches – for neural technology.

It's mind-blowing for those of us who were born before microwave ovens and cellular phones. Both Facebook and Neuralink are building technology that literally reads your mind. Facebook is funding research on brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) that can pick up thoughts directly from neurons and translate them into words in real time. And Elon Musk's Neuralink … Continue reading Exciting times – and big headaches – for neural technology.

More about toiletries with plastic microbeads.

Toiletries containing plastic microbeads are now illegal for sale in Canada. The law came into effect on July 1, 2019. This follows a ban on manufacture and import of these products that came into force on July 1, 2018. Natural health products and non-prescription drugs that contained microbeads were exempt from the 2018 rule, but … Continue reading More about toiletries with plastic microbeads.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): are you compliant?

On July 1, 2014, Canada enacted anti-spam legislation (CASL) designed to protect Canadians’ electronic transmissions while ensuring Canadian businesses could remain competitive in the global marketplace. In short, CASL prohibits the: Sending of commercial electronic messages without the recipient’s consent (permission), including messages to email addresses, social networking accounts, and text messages to cellular phones, … Continue reading Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): are you compliant?

New cannabis edible regulations are coming.

They've been a year in the making, and they're almost here. Cannabis was legalized in Canada in October of 2018; regulations for edibles and related products were scheduled to be implemented no later than October 17, 2019 (one year after legalization). Health Canada's 60-day public consultation on its draft regulations earlier this year and although … Continue reading New cannabis edible regulations are coming.

Canada’s trademark law changes coming June 17: what you need to know

Canada's trademark laws are changing this summer, and companies will need to be vigilant. The pending changes include: A first-to-file requirement for trademark registration, meaning that companies will not have first use a trademark before filing, Altering the definition to include descriptors such as 3D shape, scent, taste, texture, and positioning, among others, and A … Continue reading Canada’s trademark law changes coming June 17: what you need to know