PCK-Reporter

February 3, 2023
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Can the Patent System Help Safeguard Canadian Military Innovations?

Most major countries in the world, including the USA and China, require innovators to secure a “foreign filing license” before they can seek patent protection in a foreign country. Canada has no such regime, but perhaps it's time.
January 20, 2023
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Past Conduct Deemed Relevant to Infringement in ANDA Proceedings

CAFC No. 22-1595: In this precedential decision on induced infringement, the Federal Circuit clarified that “past conduct is relevant to what will happen in the future”.
January 5, 2023
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USPTO to Launch Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program

Starting on February 1st, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will offer accelerated examination for patent applications aimed at preventing cancer and cancer mortality.
December 22, 2022
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Federal Circuit Applies Collateral Estoppel in IPR Proceedings

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that dependent claims invalidated by collateral estoppel also invalidated the parental independent claim.
November 29, 2022
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Canada’s Highest Court Upholds $644M Award for Patent Infringement

2022 SCC 43: The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a decision that awards Dow Chemical $644 million—the largest monetary offering in a Canadian patent lawsuit.
October 25, 2022
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Christian Varin Sentenced to 5 Years for Defrauding Canadian Inventors

2022 QCCQ 6675: Operating as "Fédération des Inventors du Québec", Varin offered to protect inventions but never filed a single patent application at CIPO.
September 30, 2022
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Can AI Be an Inventor? We’re Asking the Wrong Question

If we reframe the question of “Should AI be named an inventor?” in the context of incentivizing innovation, we get a much more elegant question.
August 18, 2022
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Selection Patent for Apixaban Upheld by Federal Court of Appeal

2022 FCA 142: The Court also commented on the relevant date for determining if an invention has been sufficiently described in the patent application.
June 30, 2022
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Inventor Fails to Extract a Win on Appeal Against Oil Producer MEG

2022 FCA 118: The appeal court saw no reason to interfere with a trial court decision that favoured MEG Energy in its ongoing patent dispute with inventor Jason Swist.
June 20, 2022
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Three Strikes: Federal Court Rejects CIPO’s Approach to Software Patent Eligibility

2022 FC 923: For the third time since 2011, CIPO’s approach to software patent eligibility has been struck down by the Federal Court.
June 6, 2022
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Can AI Be an Inventor? Let’s Ask the Chimpanzees

If an AI produces an invention which satisfies the requirements of patentability, who is the inventor—the creator of the AI or the AI itself?
May 30, 2022
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Federal Court of Canada Squashes Contempt of Court Claim

In 2021, the Federal Court found GreenBlue infringed Deeproot's patents and granted an injunction. In 2022, the court was unconvinced that GreenBlue violated the injunction.
May 12, 2022
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Federal Circuit Narrows Application of the Experimental Use Exception

Under the “on-sale bar”, privately offering to sell an invention before filing a patent application can void the patent rights in all but a few permissible scenarios.
April 28, 2022
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Andrew Currier Elected to CPATA Board — Andrew Currier Est Élu au Conseil du CABAMC

Thank you for your participation in the recent election for CPATA. // Je vous remercie de votre participation à la récente élection du CABAMC.
April 20, 2022
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Data Protections Once Again Prevent Médunik From Launching Pediatric Drug

The Federal Court disagreed with Health Canada's interpretation of data protection regulations, once again reversing approval of pediatric drug RUZURGI.
April 18, 2022
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Hodan Mohamud Awarded PCK’s 2022 Diversity Scholarship

A first year medical student at the University of Toronto is this year's winner of the PCK Diversity Scholarship for students in science or engineering.
April 11, 2022
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Cowbells Brewing Taps Out: Ontario Brewer Denied Rights to Bell Trademark

New trademark registrations can be opposed by business owners who are concerned that the mark would cause confusion with their own registered trademark.
April 7, 2022
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Is it Time for Video Provisional Patent Applications?

In a world of Instagram, Youtube and TikTok, why can't inventors submit their provisional patent applications entirely in video format?
March 29, 2022
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The Limits of Artificial Intelligence and Patent Drafting

Today, there is much talk about how artificial intelligence plays a significant role in patent drafting and could replace the patent attorney altogether.
March 24, 2022
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Support Andrew Currier for CPATA Board of Directors

The College of Patent and Trademark Agents (CPATA) will hold its Board elections from April 11, 2022 to April 14, 2022.