Ethics

August 28, 2018
CSP

Law Firm Removed on Patent Infringement Action Due to Conflict of Interest

2017 FC 874 - Aitken Klee disqualified from representing Betser-Zelevitch because one of its partners had acted for Nexen in the same action, while at another law firm.
July 24, 2018
CSP

FCA Affirms Patent Application is “Dead” Following Failure to Respond to Requisition

2018 FCA 36 - The Federal Court of Appeal upheld the Federal Court decision dismissing the application from the Governors of the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services for judicial review of the Commissioner’s decisions refusing reinstatement of a patent application.
September 12, 2017
application

Federal Court Deems Patent Application “Dead” Following Failure to Respond to Requisition

2017 FC 402 - The FC dismissed the University of Alberta’s application for judicial review of three CIPO decisions, effectively refusing to declare the patent application in question in good standing following the failure of the original applicants to reply to a requisition and to apply to reinstate the application within the 12-month grace period.
October 22, 2014

Novak Druce Executive Partner Suspended from USPTO for 2 years for Inadequately Supervising Non-Lawyer Assistant

USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline: Tracy W. Druce, D2014-13 - Tracy W. Druce, an executive partner at the American IP firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP was disciplined for not adequately supervising a non-lawyer assistant
March 10, 2014

Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Disqualification, But Refuses to Invalidate Cobalt’s Notice of Allegation

Valeant Canada LP v Canada (Health), 2014 FCA 50 - The Court dismissed an appeal from the Federal Court’s decision to grant Valeant’s motion to disqualify Cobalt’s in-house lawyer from any further involvement in the application before the Court on the ground that he could be presumed to have Valeant’s confidential information.