PCK Reporter

October 22, 2014

Novak Druce Executive Partner Suspended from USPTO for 2 years for Inadequately Supervising Non-Lawyer Assistant

USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline: Tracy W. Druce, D2014-13 - Tracy W. Druce, an executive partner at the American IP firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP was disciplined for not adequately supervising a non-lawyer assistant
October 20, 2014

Australian Federal Court Upholds Patentability of Isolated DNA Sequences, Parts Ways with Supreme Court of the United States

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2014] FCAFC 115 - The Federal Court of Australia Full Court upheld the validity of Australian Patent No. 686004, which claims an isolated sequence of DNA useful for cancer diagnosis, as qualifying as a “manner of manufacture” and thus patentable subject matter pursuant to section 6 of the Statute of Monopolies.
October 18, 2014

Federal Court Holds Failure to Disclose Public Servant Status in Patent Application is an Untrue Material Allegation

Louis Brown et al v HMTQ et al, 2014 FC 831 - Canada successfully argued that the inventor made an untrue material allegation for having not indicated in the patent application that he was a public servant, but whether this would invalidate the patent was considered a genuine issue requiring a trial.
October 17, 2014

Federal Court Invalidates Patent on Infomercial Garden Hose

E Mishan & Sons, Inc v Supertek Canada Inc, 2014 FC 326 - The Federal Court dismissed an infringement claim made by the plaintiffs regarding the sale of self-expanding garden hoses by the defendants because the infringed claims were declared invalid for obviousness.
October 16, 2014

Federal Court Upholds Re-examination Board’s Decision Invalidating Waste Heat Recycling Claims

Newco Tank Corp v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 FC 287 - The person of ordinary skill in the art was determined to have background knowledge that there was a heat inefficiency problem that the invention seeks to address. The only evidence for this proposition is that it was discussed under the “SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION” heading of the patent.
August 12, 2014

Wrongfully-obtained Patents One Step Closer to Creating Potential Class Action Liability

Low v Pfizer Canada Inc, 2014 BCSC 1469 - This decision brings one step closer the possibility of wide-ranging, class-based, third-party liability created by patents that are found to be “wrongfully obtained”.
August 11, 2014

Federal Court Assess Damages, Settles Pre- and Post-judgement Interest in PM(NOC) Case

Teva Canada Limited v Pfizer Canada Inc, 2014 FC 634 - Following an action for damages under s. 8 of the PM(NOC) Regulations, Teva and Pfizer were unable to agree on the quantum of costs or pre- and post-judgement interest.
July 31, 2014

Federal Court Prohibited Issuance of a NOC for Generic Version of Lumigan

Allergan Inc v Apotex Inc, 2014 FC 567 - In terms of claim construction, this case shows the tension between construing claims based solely on the wording of the claims versus peering beyond the wording of the claims to distill an underlying invention.
July 28, 2014

FCA Refuses to Recognize European Patent Attorney Privilege in Canadian Litigation

SNF Inc v CIBA Speciality Chemicals Water Treatments Limited, 2014 FC 616 - the Court confirmed that “the privilege accorded elsewhere to European patent attorneys does not extend to Canadian litigation.”
July 25, 2014

FCA Confirms Willful IP Infringement Not Sufficient Basis for Punitive Damages

Bauer Hockey Corp v Sport Maska Inc - 2014 FCA 158 - The Court confirmed that punitive damages are available in trade-mark infringement cases, but “[a]llegations of willful and knowing infringement are alone insufficient to support a claim to punitive damages."