Summary

July 7, 2021

CAFC Invalidates a Camera Patent, Blurring Lines in the Patent Eligibility Inquiry

The CAFC sided with Apple and Samsung, finding a patent for an “improved” digital camera to be an abstract idea and not patent-eligible subject matter.
June 21, 2021
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Access Denied: Federal Court of Appeal Affirms Use of Site-Blocking Orders

A recent decision affirms the Federal Court's power to make site-blocking orders requiring third-party ISPs to limit access to copyright-infringing content.
June 7, 2021
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PAB Allows Two Software Patents, Revealing Post-Choueifaty Approach

In two recent decisions involving software patents, the Patent Appeal Board found the inventions to be directed to patentable subject-matter
June 2, 2021
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$7 Million Award Upheld for Employee Theft of Confidential Information

2020 BCCA 361: A BC court upheld one of Canada's largest awards for trade secret theft. GEA was awarded over $7 million against a group of former employees.
May 4, 2021
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Ontario Court Varies Terms of Injunction to Preserve “Status Quo”

2021 ONSC 2881: In a copyright dispute over source code, an Ontario court has agreed to extend an existing injunction to cover a new software product released by LDX Inc.
April 22, 2021
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US Supreme Court Sides With Google to End Oracle’s Monopoly Over Java

No. 18-956: In ruling that Google's copying of Java code amounted to fair use, the court adapted traditional copyright laws to software, which is primarily functional in nature.
March 26, 2021
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Federal Court Applies Its Own Claim Construction to Infringement Case

2021 FC 85: The Federal Court upheld the validity of all claims, but found that PetroChina was not infringing Maoz Betser-Zilevitch's patent for an SAGD.
March 3, 2021
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A Closer Look: CAFC Finds Immersion Photography Claims Are Obvious

Fed Cir, 2019-1927: The CAFC overturned a finding of non-obviousness by the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board on a patent owned by Melanoscan, LLC.
February 16, 2021
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Patent Appeal Board Rules Choueifaty Patent Application to Be Patentable

PAB 1556: Canada’s Patent Appeal Board reconsidered Mr. Choueifaty’s patent application for a computer-implemented method of managing portfolio assets.
February 1, 2021
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Federal Court of Appeal Restricts Admissibility of Foreign Prosecution History

2021 FCA 7: The FCA narrowly interpreted section 53.1 of the Patent Act, refusing to look at a corresponding US application that was not named by number.