Legislative Reform

August 23, 2019
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What Can Businesses Expect From the US Patent Reforms?

A draft bill released May 22nd proposes significant reforms to section 101 of the US Patent Act. Businesses should be aware of the commercial impact.
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.
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.
December 22, 2014

Industry Canada to Amend PM(NOC) Regulations Respecting Patents Listed for Combination Drugs

The proposed amendments are said to clarify the patent listing requirements as they relate to single medicinal ingredients found in combination drugs and confirm Health Canada’s established practices which, in light of recent Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal decisions, may need to change.
October 31, 2014

Highlights of Proposed Amendments to the Patent Act in Bill C-43 (Royal Assent Received)

Bill C-43 - New sections of the Patent Act concerning representation by patent agents demand attention. Note: Bill C-43 has received royal assent as of December 16, 2014.
October 24, 2013

Canada Reaches Trade Agreement with Europe

Summary Canada and the EU have signed a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement includes potential changes to the Canadian pharmaceutical industry. The most […]
October 24, 2013

House of Representatives Tackles Patent Trolls with The Innovation Act of 2013

Summary A new bill (H.R. 3309) was introduced entitled The Innovation Act of 2013. The bill is cosponsored by Howard Coble (R-N.C.) the chairman of the […]
June 19, 2013

Several Key IP Issues Addressed in the Government’s Response to the INDU Report “Intellectual Property Regime in Canada”

Full text of the government’s response The Honourable Christian Paradis responded on behalf of the Government of Canada to the recommendations made by the Standing Committee […]
May 29, 2013

Proposed Patent Quality Improvement Act to Assist US Defendants Facing Spurious Infringement Suits Brought by NPEs

Link to full text of the proposed Act.  The Patent Quality Improvement Act amends the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to remove the eight-year sunset provision with respect […]