Patentable Subject Matter

Assessing whether subject-matter is statutory requires a determination as to
whether: the invention (1) falls within the statutory definition of “invention”
provided by the Patent Act;  (2) is not within a class of subject-matter that is
specifically excluded by the Patent Act; and (3) is not otherwise excluded by
operation of judicial interpretation of the Patent Act.

April 19, 2013

Parliamentary Report Covers Key IP Issues, But Stumbles on Patentable Subject Matter, Omits Key Recommendation on Updating CIPO’s Systems

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has tabled a report titled “Intellectual Property Regime in Canada”. The Committee was chaired by David Sweet, M.P., […]
April 19, 2013

Summary of CIPO’s Post-Amazon Examination Practice on Computer-Implemented Inventions

Examination Practice Respecting Computer-Implemented Inventions – PN 2013-03 These guidelines build upon the guidance in Chapter 16 (Computer-Implemented Inventions) of the MOPOP and in PN 2013-02 […]
April 19, 2013

CIPO’s Emphasis on the Problem-Solution Approach to Claim Construction Questionable in Canadian Jurisprudence

Examination Practice Respecting Purposive Construction – PN2013-02 Free World Trust and Whirlpool continue to guide the courts, with the benefit of expert testimony and cross-examination, to […]
March 28, 2013

PAB Applies Amazon.com, Finds Method for Updating Navigation Systems Installed in Vehicles Is Patentable Subject Matter

CD 1332, Re. Patent Application No. 2,195,252 entitled "System and Method for Distributing Information for Storage Media" This decision deals with a review by the Commissioner […]