Caroline Henrie

January 11, 2019
trademark law

Practical Strategies for Canadian Trademark Applicants from Now until June 17, 2019 when Canada’s new Trademark Law Takes Effect

Strategies for Trademark Applicants from now until the new Trademark Law takes effect in June 2019
January 10, 2019
trademark law

CAFC Reviews the Effect of the Removal of a Priority Claim in Patent Application Forming Part of a Chain

Fed. Cir. 2017-1962 – CAFC confirms that removing priority claim in a patent application part of a chain of applications will impact the later filed applications.
December 18, 2018
trademark law

FCA Reviews Doctrines of Claim Construction and Sufficient Disclosure

2018 FCA 172 – FCA affirms FC’s analysis on sufficient disclosure but quashes claim construction analysis.
December 13, 2018
trademark law

Changes We Can Expect with The New Patent Rules

Overview of the proposed amendments to the Patent Rules, published in the Canada Gazette on December 1, 2018.
December 11, 2018
trademark law

CAFC Confirms That Surnames May Be Registered as Trademarks If They Acquired Distinctiveness

Fed. Cir. 2017-1468 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirms that surname may be registered as trademark as it acquired distinctiveness.
December 6, 2018
trademark law

FC Upholds Registrar’s Decision Refusing Confusing Trademark Registration

2018 FC 951 – The FC reiterates that trademarks will not be registered if they are likely to confuse consumers.
December 4, 2018
trademark law

The ONSC Dismisses Apotex’s Attempt to Revive the Promise Doctrine Under the Guise of Fraud

2018 ONSC 5199 – ONSC rejects Apotex’s attempt to recast Promise Doctrine under s. 53 fraud allegations.
November 27, 2018
trademark law

Trademark Variants Must Retain Distinctive Features to Show Use of the Registered Mark

2018 FC 941 – The FC confirms that trademark variants must retain distinctive features to demonstrate “use” of the registered Mark.
November 23, 2018
trademark law

PAB Rejects Application: Ambiguous and Indefinite Claims are Unpatentable

PAB 1453 – The Patent Appeal Board found that Canadian Patent Application No. 2,612,950 for a “system and method for generating real-time indicators in a trading list or portfolio” was obvious, the claims did not define statutory subject matter and were indefinite.
November 20, 2018
trademark law

USMCA, the new NAFTA: what changes we can expect in Canadian IP Law

USMCA – On September 31, 2018, Canada reached a new agreement with the USA and Mexico – here is an overview.