Canada

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

January 23, 2020
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How the Supreme Court’s New Standard of Review Will Impact IP

2019 SCC 65, 2019 SCC 66 - The new standard of review will be applied to decisions by the Patent Office, Trademark Office, PAB, and TTAB.
January 17, 2020
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Beat the Weeds: File Your Cannabis Trademarks in Canada

Because of the status of cannabis and trademark laws in the US, brand owners are looking to Canada to register their cannabis trademarks.
December 16, 2019
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Clawing Deeper into the Monster v. Raptors Trademark Battle

The Raptors are tipping off against Monster, who allege the Raptors trademark featuring a clawed-up basketball is confusingly similar to the Monster "M".
December 9, 2019
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Patenting Blockchain Technologies

Is patenting blockchain possible? Do patents detract from the decentralization of blockchain? This article explains the ins and outs of blockchain patents.
December 5, 2019
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PCK Presents IP Workshop to Brampton Youth

PCK's Andrew Currier and Jillian Carter had the pleasure of presenting a workshop on intellectual property law for Roots Community Services in Brampton.
December 2, 2019
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TekSavvy Appeals Canada’s First Site-Blocking Order

2019 FC 1432 - TekSavvy appeals a recent site-blocking order against an illegitimate streaming service, claiming the order contravenes freedom of expression.
November 25, 2019
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Patent Strategy & Potential Changes to Patented Medicine Regulations & Drug Pricing Legislation

The rising cost of patented medicines is an important topic in the United States and Canada. In the United States, the White House is promising to...
October 28, 2019
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Foreign Prosecution History is Now Admissible in “Extraordinary Circumstances”

2019 FC 1233 – In a dispute over flax seeds, Canada's Federal Court says foreign prosecution history may be admissible under the new s. 53.1 of the Patent Act.
September 13, 2019
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Patent Specification Interpreted as Admission of Common General Knowledge

2019 FC 1065 – Canada's Federal Court ruled that two fiber optics patents were obvious in light of an admission made in the background sections.
August 30, 2019
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Canadian Drug Pricing Regulator Ordered to Reconsider Differin

2019 FCA 196 – In an ongoing dispute between the PMPRB and Galderma, the FCA says the drug pricing regulator erred in its interpretation of the law.
May 21, 2019
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PCK’s Andrew Currier Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2019

As a result of the 2018 Lexpert Survey, Andrew was selected for this year’s directory. “There is no more credible source than Lexpert. Now in its […]
April 16, 2019
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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 2, 2019
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Coleen Morrison Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2019

PCK's Coleen Morrison is recognized by Who's Who Legal.
January 11, 2019

Practical Strategies for Canadian Trademark Applicants from Now until June 17, 2019 when Canada’s new Trademark Law Takes Effect

Strategies for Trademark Applicants from now until the new Trademark Law takes effect in June 2019
November 1, 2018

How Canadian Trademark Law Will be Impacted by Bill C-86

Bill C-86 - an overview on its impacts on Canadian trademark law.
August 14, 2018
Canadian Patent Law Textbook by Perry and Currier. Third Edition

Canadian Patent Law, 3rd Edition Book Launch

PCK IP is pleased to announce the launch of Canadian Patent Law, 3rd Edition.
October 24, 2017

Federal Court Adjourns Motion for Confidentiality Order

2017 FC 548 - In this application for judicial review over s. 5 of the PM(NOC) Regulations, the FC agreed with the AG who argued that since another innovator also had patents listed on the Patent Register pertaining to products to which Innovator Company made comparisons, the other innovator was a necessary respondent to the application.
September 27, 2017
Coleen Morrison

Room for doubt?

CIPO has provided some insight to efforts in advance of the implementation of changes to the Canadian trademark system. The actions are comforting even if the statistics suggest there may be cause for concern in respect of recent Examination quality.
April 25, 2017

Federal Court finds foreign, non-exclusive licensee entitled to damages

2016 FC 593 - The FC awarded Janssen Canada and Janssen US almost $19 million in total damages for Teva's infringement of a Japanese entity's patent, for which Janssen US had never even exercised its licence in Canada.
March 23, 2017

Canadian 2017 Budget Plan: A Focus on Innovation and IP

2017 Budget Plan - The Canadian Federal Government announced its Budget Plan for 2017, which proposes a number of positive changes to the Canadian intellectual property regime.