Patent Agents

February 22, 2016

Intellectual Property Services Buyer’s Guide

There are a lot of IP service providers out there. In this post I attempt to provide some guidelines for helping companies to assess IP counsel and choose the right one.
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
July 28, 2014

FCA Refuses to Recognize European Patent Attorney Privilege in Canadian Litigation

SNF Inc v CIBA Speciality Chemicals Water Treatments Limited, 2014 FC 616 - the Court confirmed that “the privilege accorded elsewhere to European patent attorneys does not extend to Canadian litigation.”
March 21, 2014

Quebec Court Holds Non-Agents May Draft Patents, But Must Disclose Their Inability to File and Prosecute and any Potential Patentability Issues

Kirouac-Couture c ERL Étude et Recherche Inc, 2014 QCCQ 1405 - The Court held that ERL’s failure to provide the relevant disclosure vitiates Couture’s consent to enter the contract for preparation of the patent application.
August 21, 2013

FC Clarifies “Duty of Candor” in Canadian Patent Prosecution Practice

Varco Canada Ltd. et al v. Pason Systems Inc. et al – 2013 FC 750 This action relates to the infringement of Varco’s Canadian Patent No. […]