Summary Section Content 1A successful marketing strategy has become a business requirement in every industry. Whether your organization is in the field of advertising, or uses social media and public relations regularly in its operations, it is critical to understand the laws that affect your message. BLG’s Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Group can provide you with the information and advice you need to fully understand the legal and regulatory matters that affect your marketing and promotional activities. Our Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Group has experience in: Advising on advertising and marketing law matters, including product packaging and labelling, logos, brands, contests, coupons, gift cards and loyalty programs Negotiating, drafting and reviewing sponsorship agreements Handling issues arising from false and misleading advertising claims as well as comparative advertising Advising on intellectual property matters, including trade dress, trademark and copyright infringements and related matters Assisting clients in relation to a variety of other legal and ethical concerns, such as privacy, anti-spam, consumer protection, advertising to children, ordinary selling price and defamation The Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Group is made up of lawyers practising in a range of specialized areas, including competition, litigation, intellectual property, and corporate and commercial law. We can also quickly assemble multi-disciplinary teams to establish strategic alliances, whether in the form of exclusive marketing and supply agreements, joint promotions, co-branding, merchandising and/or promotion agreements. We work as part of your team to achieve the results you need. Presentations & Publications Section Content 2 Presentations Marketing Law News Flashes: Recent Updates and Reminders – 2013 Publications "As of November 24th, Use of Non-French Trademarks on Outside Signs will require the Presence of French", November 2016"Advertising Standards Canada comes out with an updated Code and new guidance on testimonials and endorsements (October 2016)", October 2016"Facebook defamation case awards significant damages", April 2016"Non-French trademarks on storefront signs: Québec Government proposes amendments to the Charter of the French Language ", July 2015"Porter Airlines Agrees to Pay $150,000 for Alleged Violations of CASL", June 2015"A trademark may still be displayed only in English in the Province of Québec", May 2015"Seller Beware: Recent Action By Canada’s Competition Bureau For Inadequate Price Disclosures", April 2015"CRTC Issues $1.1 Million Penalty for CASL Violation", March 2015"Targeting the Canadian Consumer — An Important Primer on the Advertising and Marketing Laws in Canada", December 2014 "New Policy on Reproducing Bank Note Images", Advertising Law Bulletin, January 2004. Rankings & Recognitions Section Content 3Some members of the Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Group are recognized in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®. Representative Work Section Content 4Reviewed the packaging and labelling of various products offered for sale in Canada, and provided advice on compliance with Canadian laws for manufacturers and retailers as well as on issues relevant to trade between the United States and Canada. Reviewed and provided advice on contests, and assisted clients with their related filing obligations, where applicable. Advised and represented telecommunications and other firms in litigation concerning allegedly misleading advertisements, including bringing and responding to injunction applications and appeals. Assisted with the establishment of long-term multimillion dollar sponsorship and supply agreements between universities and colleges in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec, and cold beverage manufacturers and other suppliers. Developed loyalty program agreements, including between one of Canada's largest retailers and Canada's largest airline. Drafted joint marketing and promotion agreements between municipal and provincial tourism associations and their strategic corporate partners and members. Drafted conference centre and other naming rights agreements. Facilitated clients’ strategic marketing alliances, supply and sponsorship agreements for Canada's premier resort owner/operator. Handled litigious files concerning gray marketing, passing-off, trademark and copyright infringement, and ambush marketing, including in connection with the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Advised clients in connection with major events and event-based sponsorships, such as the Commonwealth Games, Les Jeux de la Francophonie, Expo ‘86 and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Provided ongoing representation of international, national and local sponsorship and advertising agencies.