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May 2017
Field Law Announces Voting Phase of Community Fund Program

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of the online voting phase of the fifth year of the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program, which supports local pay-it-forward initiatives in the communities Field Law operates in, is now accepting public input to help determine how many of the almost 100 applicants will be awarded funds from the $75,000 available....

April 2017
Field Law Supports Pay-it-Forward Ideas of Local Organizations and Community Causes with $75,000

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of its 5th annual Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program supports local initiatives and causes within communities in Northern and Southern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In 2017, the Program will donate $75,000 across all three regions....

Intellectual Property (IP) includes patents, confidential information, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and information and technology not registrable but nonetheless protectable. IP exists in equipment and process improvements and designs, know how around making and operating improved equipment and processes, and in intangible forms such as mere ideas not yet reduced to practice, software, or "goodwill and trade dress" that can be copied to a competitor's advantage.

Patents - Field's patent agents Antony (Tony) Edwards, P.Eng. LL.B., Thomas Malyszko P.Eng. (Mechanical), J.D., Shohini Bagchee, P.Eng., M.Eng. (Chem.) and Charlene Lipchen (B.Sc. (Chem.), B.A., J.D.) (Trainee) have a broad subject matter familiarity with a strong background and focus in Alberta’s Oil and Gas Sector including drilling and completion, fracking operations, SAGD and other oilsands technology, artificial lift, miscellaneous downhole tools, midstream processes, and other oil recovery production methods.

Our Agents include lawyers and engineers, together having over 50 years combined experience in writing and successfully prosecuting hundreds of patents. They advise on "prior art," patenting strategies and disputes.

The patent group also includes Neil Kathol LL.B., who has over 25 years of experience in commercial litigation with an emphasis in patent and trade secret litigation, in several important court cases. Neil also conducts patent infringement analysis, freedom-to-operate analysis, patent ownership disputes, novelty/anticipation and other validity issues.

Trademarks - Field Law has eight registered trade mark agents with over one hundred years of combined experience dealing with an extensive array of issues for clients. Our clients range in industry from financial services, entertainment and fashion to construction to food and beverage; and in size from major universities and multinational corporations to family businesses.

We provide a full range of services:

  • Trade-mark screening and selection including creative suggestions on strategic image development and working with brand generators building a brand from scratch
  • Trade-mark registration including oppositions and watch services (unlike most firms we handle your Canada and US trade-marks ourselves)
  • Trade-mark infringement prosecution and defence
  • EU (CTM's) and international jurisdictions through colleagues with whom we have longstanding relationships and using our own experience to build offensive and defensive strategies

Copyright and Industrial Design - Our lawyers serve clients in many different industries, including universities, the energy sector, manufacturers, the software development industry, the entertainment industry and media publishers. We provide a full range of services including:

  • Copyright/design registration and protection
  • Print and electronic publishing
  • Licensing, ownership, chain of title due diligence
  • Software development and licensing
  • Copyright infringement prosecution and defence
  • Copyright protection in the information and e-communications sectors

Commercial IP Including Technology Licensing, Purchase and Sale - we provide extensive services related to the identification, capture, assignment, development and exploitation of patented and non-patented technology including:

  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements; non-compete, non-solicitation and IP ownership clause strategies:
  • Technology development joint venture agreements
  • Technology licensing
  • Software licensing and software distribution agreements, Cloud Computing strategies including data security strategies
  • Sale, Purchase, and distribution agreements where technology is a core asset
  • Technology supplier outsourcing agreements

IP Litigation - Field has broad litigation experience in IP matters. Our experience includes patent, copyright, trademark and design infringement prosecution, trade secret/breach of confidence actions, ownership disputes, defending infringement claims, breaches of IP commercial agreements including licenses, asset purchase and sale, and distribution agreement disputes. We have performed trial and appeal work in these areas, with extensive experience in both the Provincial Courts and the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and in Arbitrations and Mediations.