Canada

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

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.