Startups & Emerging Companies
Your idea could revolutionize the world and disrupt the current state of the market… but where do you begin?
As your trusted legal advisors, our mission is to support your mission. At McMillan LLP, we understand the drive, dedication and passion you bring to your project, which is why we revel in the opportunity to work with change agents, innovators and creators. This is the main reason we have launched Startups @ McMillan, the McMillan team on the ground, in the community that seeks out entrepreneurs and their startups in all fields. We aim to provide the tools and services needed to launch an idea, so founders can focus on the big picture.
No matter what the dynamics of a mandate are or what stage an idea is at, if it matters to you, then it most certainly matters to us. We like to make things happen—and in doing that, get things done the right way.
At McMillan, we understand the unique challenges founders and their startups face, including the focus on finances, especially at the start of a long journey. We are proud to be able to provide nimble legal services that are tailored to suit the specific needs of founders and startups, at rates and understandings that fit with the relevant business. Our goal is to protect you and your idea; and to be able to do that effectively, we chose to not use one-size-fits-none templates, which seem so common nowadays.
Startups @ McMillan is not a predetermined package because we have not met all of you yet. Rather, it is a commitment to work with founders and startups on navigating through all of their needs, including, for example, Corporate Structure & Governance, e-commerce and Data Protection, Financing, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Commercial Contracts, Labour and Employment, Intellectual Property Protection, Real Estate, Branding and Advertising, and just about anything else that rears its head. We don’t presume to know what will work for you until we have the opportunity to meet you and understand your idea and/or business.
Along with our legal prowess, we believe we have a culture that fosters an innovative spirit. This results in our ability to provide cost-effective, feasible solutions—while not sacrificing on our superior quality of service.
Startups @ McMillan offers an initial complimentary consultation to help customize a package of the type of legal services we could offer you.
We are committed to helping all of our clients achieve their business objectives while satisfying legal obligations. We would love the opportunity to learn more about your values and vision. Your success is very much our success, too.
Insights (29 Posts)
Displaying a retailer’s trademark on stickers affixed to goods already branded with a third party’s mark constitutes "use" of a trademark in Canada.
An update on recent Canadian developments related to plastics and extended producer responsibility
The draft Capital Markets Act grants the OSC broad discretion to deem a crypto asset a security, resulting in a lack of industry certainty as to its application
Raising Money with the Offering Memorandum Prospectus Exemption: CSA Adopts Additional Requirements with a Focus on Real Estate Issuers and Collective Investment Vehicles
The CSA recently announced the adoption of amendments to the offering memorandum exemption in National Instrument 45-106 and the Companion Policy to NI 45-106.
The Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-34, An Act to Amend the Investment Canada Act, to modernize Canada’s national security regime.
Case comment on 2788610 Ontario Inc. v. Bhagwani  O.J. No. 778. Interlocutory injunctions in trademark and passing off cases.
Alberta is implementing a new framework for regulating and licensing health care providers in connection with administering psychedelics.
While every company strives to achieve constructive relations with regulators, sometimes this is not enough. In such cases, understanding the rules that apply to regulators and the limits of their powers can be essential to levelling the playing field.
This bulletin provides an overview of structuring private equity real estate funds in Canada.
The Federal Court puts an end to the “Problem-Solution” Approach of analyzing patent applications - again. Read more about the Court's decision here.
A trademark registration in Canada is invalid if the application for registration was filed in bad faith.
Government of Canada's request-for-proposal for the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative, providing $450 million in funds to the venture capital sector.
Changes announced in Budget 2022 make it easier for Canadian producers to tackle unfairly traded imports.
The Federal Court confirms that a line of latitude or longitude can be considered a "place of origin" under the Trademarks Act.
CIPO recently issued determinations regarding the meaning of "due care". Are your internal practices in-line with CIPO's determinations?
In this bulletin, we discuss the benefits of using PropTech for businesses in the real estate space and for consumers of such products.
In this 3-part series, we explain the concept of PropTech, highlight its benefits and outline associated risks.
Recent amendments to the Special Access Program and a look back to 2021 on developments affecting the psychedelics industry.
The authors discuss the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's decision in Cineplex v. Cineworld, a "busted deal" case about interim operating covenants.
This article discusses the treatment of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as securities and related regulatory considerations in Canada.
In March, the Québec Superior Court released a rare decision in which it dismissed a privacy class action on the merits.
Across Canada, entrepreneurs are striving to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental sustainability, and provide other climate-related solutions to the domestic and international markets.
Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.
This bulletin provides a summary of funding opportunities available in Canada over the month of June and updates
from CIPO and the USPTO.
Analysis and guidance on how BC companies can benefit from the BC Innovation Commissioner's recommendations and help make BC a technology powerhouse.
Winning a bid dangerous when materials use exaggerated hyperbolic language and contain injudicious claims to performance suitability reliability and functionality of goods or services offered
The patentability of computer-implemented inventions is a topic of interest in Canada. Patentable subject matter is set out in Practice Guidance Following the Amazon FCA Decision
Canada/China Patent Prosecution Highway Program: Three Years in Brief
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