PCK-Reporter

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.
March 16, 2022
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Rethinking “Said” vs. “The” in Patent Claims

Patent drafters should take the time to consider the “why” behind drafting choices. There is no “right” or “wrong” way here, only the need to be mindful.
March 7, 2022
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Maker of Travel Locks Fails to Revive Patents on Appeal

Travel Sentry, Inc. v David A. Tropp, No. 2021-1908 (Fed. Cir., Feb. 14, 2022). The patents claimed an economic practice and method of organizing human activity, which is not subject-matter that can be protected under the patent system.