Prosecution

May 9, 2019
abandonment

New Patent Rules will Make Reinstatements and Reversing a Patent Expiry More Onerous

Requests for patent application reinstatements and reversing a patent expiry are about to get more onerous with the new Patent Rules.
May 7, 2019
ati tech

Federal Circuit Reins in Impossible Standards for Antedating Prior Art

Fed. Cir., 2016-2222 - CAFC affirms that a patent may be successfully defended if the patent holder can prove that the invention was conceived prior to any similar prior art.
May 1, 2019
Iscada

Trademarks and New Evidence on Appeal

2019 FC 406 - FC confirms that registered owner is not precluded to submit new evidence on appeal if no evidence is submitted after receiving s.45 notice from the Registrar.
April 30, 2019
GUI

Stock Trading GUI Falls Short of Patentability Requirements in US

Fed. Cir. 2017-2257 - CAFC Reaffirms: GUI That Merely Collects and Displays Data Is Not Patentable
April 18, 2019
Interview

No More “Phone Tag” at the USPTO

USPTO introduces Automated Interview Requests; a new web-based tool that allows Applicants to schedule an interview with an Examiner for their pending patent application.
April 16, 2019
damages

Canada Federal Court of Appeal Affirms Punitive Damages Award

2019 FCA 29 - Canada's FCA refuses to intervene in trial judge's decision with respect to punitive damages.
April 12, 2019

Patentees May Bring Motion to Stay Proceedings Before the Commissioner to the FC

2019 FC 142 - FC confirms it may stay proceedings before federal board or commissions if elements of strict test are met.
April 5, 2019
filing

Canadian Patent Filing Requirements About To Change

Filing requirements are about to change with the new Canadian Patent Rules, expected to come into force in 2019.
March 26, 2019

Patent Corrections: New Provisions Expected This Year

New patent rules to introduce new correction provisions.
March 20, 2019
New Fees

New Late Fees Introduced by New Patent Rules

New patent rules, expected to come into force by the end of 2019, will introduce a new set of fixed late fees, which will apply in three specific instances.