PCK Reporter

June 13, 2013

CIPO Reiterates Problem-Solution Approach in New Examination Practice Respecting Medical Uses

Effective June 10, 2013  PN2013-04 This Practice Notice builds upon the guidance in section 17.02.03 (Medical and surgical methods) of MOPOP and in PN 2013-02 (Examination […]
June 13, 2013

SCC Revises its Sildenafil Decision, Withdraws Holding that Pfizer’s Patent Is Void

Teva Canada Limited v. Pfizer Canada Inc. (33951) The Supreme Court has revised its Sildenafil (Viagra) decision (2012 SC 60). The Court granted, in part, Pfizer’s […]
June 7, 2013

ONSC Awards Substantial Indemnity Costs against Apotex in Equitable Disgorgement Case

Apotex Inc. v. Abbott Laboratories, 2013 ONSC 2958 Apotex sought equitable disgorgement of profits of Abbott and Takeda, on the ground of unjust enrichment. Specifically, Apotex […]
June 7, 2013

FC Clarifies Purposive Construction of Product-by-Process Claims

Bayer Inc. v. Cobalt Pharmaceuticals, 2013 FC 573 Bayer sought an order prohibiting the Minister of Health from issuing a Notice of Compliance (NOC) to Cobalt, […]
May 29, 2013

PM(NOC): s. 8 Issues Circumscribed by Antecedent s. 6 Proceeding; s. 6 Claim Construction Binding on s. 8 Proceeding in Absence of Strong Reason to the Contrary

Apotex Inc. v Pfizer Canada Inc. – 2013 FC 493 Apotex claimed damages under s. 8 of the PM(NOC) Regulations on grounds that it incurred a […]
May 29, 2013

New Zealand Moves to Exclude Software “as such” from Patentable Subject Matter

Link to the proposed amendments to the Patents Bill.   Rather than excluding a computer program from being a patentable invention, the amendments clarify that a computer program […]
May 29, 2013

Proposed Patent Quality Improvement Act to Assist US Defendants Facing Spurious Infringement Suits Brought by NPEs

Link to full text of the proposed Act.  The Patent Quality Improvement Act amends the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to remove the eight-year sunset provision with respect […]
May 22, 2013

English Court of Appeal Applies Symbian and AT&T, Revives Apple’s Multi-touch Patent

HTC v. Apple, [2013] EWCA Civ 451 (Court of Appeals of England and Wales)    Per Kitchin L.J. (Richards L.J. concurring): This appeal was concerned with […]
May 3, 2013

PMPRB’s Copaxone Decision Unreasonable in its Application of s. 85(1) of the Patent Act

Teva Canada Innovation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FC 448 Teva asked the Court to set aside a decision of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board […]
April 30, 2013

PAB Clarified Sound Prediction and Functional Claim Drafting

Re. Patent Application No. 592,567, CD 1303 The subject application was rejected by the Examiner under section 2 of the Patent Act for containing claims for […]