Canada

Case summaries and articles about intellectual property that are relevant to Canada.

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.
February 7, 2022
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Considerations for Applicants Before the Canadian Patent Rules Change

Patent applicants may wish to request examination for their Canadian patent applications soon to take advantage of the fees under the current Patent Rules.
February 3, 2022
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Google’s AdWords Defeats Competitor’s Patent Infringement Claim

Canada's Federal Court dismissed allegations by Paid Search Engine that Google infringed a patent for optimizing paid search engines.
January 27, 2022
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Prior Use Defence Argued by Mining Supplier in Patent Infringement Case

The prior use defence allows a business to continue activities that would otherwise be patent infringement, if the activities pre-date the filing date of the patent.
January 24, 2022
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Teva Blocks Competitor With Patent for 40 mg/mL Dose of Copaxone®

Outside Canada, Teva’s Copaxone® 40mg/mL dosing patents have been invalidated for obviousness, making way for generic competitors.
January 13, 2022
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Federal Court Allows Correction to Inventorship Amidst “Pending Litigation”

Some of the most common errors made in patent applications are in the naming of applicants and inventors. If the mistake is not caught in time, it can cause a nasty headache for the patent owner.
December 29, 2021
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Trademark Opposition by Fashion Giant ZARA Remitted to Federal Court

The Federal Court of Appeal held that the trial judge cannot intervene in a trademark opposition decision in the absence of any errors by the Board.
December 14, 2021
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Abuse of Process Should Only Be Invoked in the “Clearest of Cases”

Four years after the Federal Court of Appeal denied copyright protection for TRREB's real estate database, the fight to control that data continues.
December 6, 2021
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Scope of Patent Agent Privilege Considered in FCC Decision

The Federal Court has limited the scope of patent agent privilege to communications directly related to the protection of patent rights.
November 23, 2021
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FCA Upholds Refusal to Grant Natural Health Product Licence

Health Canada refused to grant a natural health product license to Canada RNA Biochemical Inc. for its oral lumbrokinase capsules marketed as "Boluke".
November 15, 2021
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Landmark Graphics Benefits Again From PAB’s Post-Choueifaty Approach

2021 CACP 42: Cementing its post-Choueifaty approach to patentable subject-matter in Canada, the PAB found all claimed elements to be essential in the computer-implemented invention.
August 23, 2021
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And He Scores! Patent Infringement Suit Against CCM Hockey Dismissed

2021 FCA 166: The Federal Court of Appeal's observations on the use of prosecution history demonstrate that courts continue to adapt to recent amendments to patent law.
August 9, 2021
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Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms Overbreadth as Grounds for Invalidity

2021 FCA 154: The FCA held that overbreadth is not an “improper re-emergence of the promise doctrine”. Overbreadth is supported by bargain theory and s. 27 of the Act.
July 27, 2021
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Variations on Previously Approved Drugs Are Ineligible for Data Protection

2021 FCA 137: On July 12, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal issued a decision dismissing an application for judicial review of a decision of the Minister of Health denying data protection for a drug. Janssen Inc. had sought protection for its drug SPRAVATO but was rejected on the basis that it was not an “innovative drug” eligible for such protection.
July 21, 2021
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A Synergistic Combination: Patents and SR&ED

The trick is to efficiently resource patent and SR&ED initiatives while keeping product development on track. Here are a few tips that can help you do that.
July 15, 2021
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Amendments to Patent Rules Continue: Further Streamlining Canadian Patent Prosecution

Proposed changes to Canada’s patent system include excess claim fees and limits on office actions which will lay the groundwork for patent term adjustments.
June 21, 2021
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Access Denied: Federal Court of Appeal Affirms Use of Site-Blocking Orders

2021 FCA 100: 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

2021 CACP 9, 2021 CACP 12: 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 12, 2021
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PCK IP Releases 4th Edition of Canadian Patent Law

Co-authors Stephen Perry and Andrew Currier have drawn on years of experience in the field of IP to craft a complete resource for the patent prosecutor.