Following the official signing of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in November 2018, the new agreement came into force on July 1, 2020. The CUSMA now replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had been in place since 1994. At the time, NAFTA created the largest free-trade region in the world and shaped commercial activities on the continent. The far-reaching impact of the CUSMA will be felt in numerous fields of commercial activity and its implementation will take time. In terms of intellectual property, its effects are already noticeable.
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On May 13, the Government of Quebec unveiled its proposed reform of the Charter of the French Language (the “Charter”), also known as Bill 101. This reform covers many spheres of society and the area of trademarks is no exception. Indeed, the bill entitled An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (hereinafter, “Bill 96”) introduces significant changes to commercial signage in a language other than French.
Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (“Bill 96”) and professional bodies
On May 13, 2021, the Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, tabled Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (“Bill 96”). The purpose of this bill is to affirm that the only official language of Quebec is French and that French is the common language of the Quebec nation. In this article, we share our preliminary thoughts on this bill and its effects on professional bodies in Quebec.
Langlois continues its growth in Montréal. Marie-Claude de Grandpré, Frédérique Duchesne, Aurélie Figuet and Élise Théorêt have joined the litigation group while lawyer and trademark agent Yann Canneva has joined the business law group.
We are pleased to announce that Langlois lawyer and partner Véronique Roy has been named to the Board of Trustees of The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, where she will be one of the Quebec Bar representatives .
We are pleased to announce that Marie-Hélène Jetté received Canada’s prestigious Labour and Employment Litigator of the Year Award during the Benchmark Litigation Awards ceremony. This is an outstanding achievement underlining her remarkable talent.
On June 18, Langlois labour and employment lawyer and partner, Marianne Plamondon, CHRP, will take part in a discussion organised by Québec’s Employers’ Council (Conseil du patronat du Québec, CPQ). The panel will focus on employers’ readiness to end mandatory teleworking protocols.
CBA-Québec Branch holds virtual President’s cocktail reception with focus on the province’s economic recovery
On June 9, the CBA’s Québec Branch President, Tommy Tremblay will be hosting the 2021 President’s cocktail reception virtually. Tremblay is also a lawyer and partner at Langlois Lawyers, who are sponsoring presentation of the event. He invites all members of Québec’s legal community to attend the panel discussion on Québec’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
On June 15th, Langlois litigation lawyers and partners Isabelle Desharnais and Charles Lapointe have been invited to speak about forbearance agreements by the Québec Section of the Credit Institute of Canada.