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Diversity in Small Business – Canadian Immigrant magazine

According to a 2009 Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada, over the last 10 years, 98.5 per cent of all new jobs in Canada were created by firms under 100 employees and almost 60 per cent of those jobs were created by firms with fewer than five employees.

Those who have set up successful small businesses in Canada are well aware of the unique challenges faced when starting something on their own and sustaining it – from knowing the business culture of the new country to learning about rules and regulations. One of the most important roles in small business is, of course, hiring and retaining staff.

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Local Innovations Company gives Canadians a Chance to See the Future of Touchscreen Technology at Discovery 12

Toronto, Ontario, May 14, 2012 – Attendees at Discovery 12, will have a chance to touch and be touched by ShadowSense™, a new Canadian-born technology.  Nytric™ and its sister company Baanto™, makers of the world’s largest and most intuitive multi-touch screen technology, will showcase this revolutionary touchscreen experience at the Discovery 12 Conference and Showcase being held in Toronto this week.

A Better Mousetrap

Special to Financial Post – Mar 13, 2012, 1:55 PM ET

By Av Utukuri

While 90% of patents are improvements on existing inventions, legal realities can make filing for such patents complicated because intellectual property law is designed to protect existing patent holders. If the invention you are adding something to is one to which you hold the rights, the process is relatively easy.

Protect this House: The benefits, pitfalls and costs of filing for a patent

Special to Financial Post – Feb 7, 2012, 6:05 AM ET

Patenting your invention is the best way to prevent others from copying it, allowing you to recover the costs of R&D, manufacturing and marketing. If your invention is complex, it will require such protection, but it’s also important to file a patent if your product is easily reverse-engineered. However, not every invention is patentable: ideas that are artistic or do not have a direct practical use will not be considered by the patent office. Here’s a primer on what to expect.