Five years ago John Kiser went looking for what he calls the right “field general” to put together and marshal a powerful Canadian litigation team as Imperial Tobacco looked ahead to its pending legal action in Canada. As legal consultant to the largest cigarette manufacturer in Canada, Kiser knew that if Imperial Tobacco was going to be prepared for the litigation work in Canada, it needed a cohesive team led by a strong co-ordinating leader from its outside counsel.
Written by Patricia MacInnis Issue Date: December 2011
|Illustration: Juan Carlos Solon|
- Industry Spotlight
A mid-September webinar gave Patricia Wilson an insight into the waves Canada’s anti-spam law is making in the in-house community. The Ottawa partner at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP co-hosted the event, which drew an unseasonably large audience of well over 300 viewers from across the continent, mostly corporate counsel hungry for information on compliance with the new legislation. “I think many businesses are just realizing that this applies to them, too. They’re all going, ‘Oh my God, what do we have to do?’” Wilson says.
- Law Department Management
Traditionally, managing a large portfolio of litigation can involve e-mails and reams of paper travelling back and forth between a company and its law firm, waiting for phone calls to be returned and workflow grinding to a halt if any of the above fails to happen on schedule. But in an effort to align litigation management with their broader business and technology goals, in-house counsel at several Canadian companies are making moves to bring their portfolios of claims online, through a portal run by their external law firm.
- Professional Profile
Written by Robert Todd Issue Date: October 2011
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Written by Helen Burnett-Nichols Issue Date: October 2011
Through their role as a client, there is no doubt that many in-house legal departments have the power to push for greater diversity within the profession. But for many corporate counsel, the key to developing the most effective inclusiveness strategy is to join up with colleagues in a collective effort to evoke change through the entire pipeline.
- Professtional Profile
- Intellectual Property
In 2010, Google earned US$28 billion in advertising revenues. Thus it is no surprise that Google is vigorously defending its AdWords program, the main source of such revenues, in the United States Court of Appeals. In the coming months, the court will issue a decision. The outcome is important for Canadian trademark owners because Google’s trademark use policies in Canada and the U.S. are identical. Also, Microsoft has recently modified its policy to resemble Google’s. Before discussing the appeal, an explanation of the types of unauthorized online use and search engine trademark use policies is in order.