November 5, 2020
Good news for diagnostics, less so for computer-implemented inventions. On Nov. 3, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released revised guidelines1 and examples2 for the assessment of patentable subject matter in Canada. Released without prior consultation, the guidelines explain how claims to computer-implemented inventions, medical diagnostic methods, and medical “uses” are to be examined in light of recent jurisprudence from the Federal Court of Canada (FCC).
November 4, 2020
On August 21, 2020, the Federal Court of Canada (FCC) handed down its ruling in the appeal of Yves Choueifaty against the rejection of Canadian Patent Application No. 2,635,393 for a “Method and Systems for Provision of Anti-Benchmark Portfolio” by the Commissioner of Patents. Mr. Choueifaty was the named inventor of a computer implementation of a new method of selecting and weighing investment portfolio assets that minimize risk without impacting returns. During examination, he amended the claims twice to address the Examiner’s and Patent Appeal Board’s finding that the subject matter of the claims fell outside the definition of “invention” in the Patent Act.
October 27, 2020
The new Canadian Patent Rules came into effect on October 30, 2019 with the intent to make Canada compliant with its international treaty obligations by harmonizing and streamlining the administrative procedures for patents and patent applications. The changes to the Rules have resulted in both patent prosecutors and intellectual property owners adapting and developing new prosecution strategies.
October 15, 2020
Earlier this year, we provided an overview of the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Request for Assistance Program. The program provides an opportunity for owners of registered Canadian trademarks and copyrights to record those rights with the CBSA to prevent importation and distribution of counterfeit goods in Canada. The CBSA identifies shipments of all sizes and regardless of quantities ordered as part of the program. One shipment can play a pivotal role in uncovering information pertaining to larger networks and suppliers in the counterfeit trade.
October 9, 2020
Indigenous IP, computer-generated artwork and CIPO practice updates -- This year’s IPIC annual conference had it all.
October 5, 2020
The Federal Court of Appeal’s long-awaited decision on what constitutes trademark “use” in association with services in the Internet age has finally been released. On September 9, the Court of Appeal dismissed Miller Thomson’s appeal and maintained Hilton’s Canadian trademark registration for its WALDORF ASTORIA mark in association with “hotel services”, despite there never having been a “bricks and mortar” Waldorf Astoria hotel anywhere in Canada.
September 24, 2020
In a few weeks, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance will have to either complete the sale of TikTok’s US operations to an American company (contenders have included Microsoft, Wal-Mart and Oracle, with Oracle the current favourite), or be banned from the U.S. market.
August 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on conferences around the globe, and IPIC’s 2020 Annual Conference is no exception. For the first time in its history, IPIC has decided to replace its annual in-person conference with a virtual event, dubbed IPIC2020 Virtual, to be held on October 1-2, 2020.
August 7, 2020
IPIC’s monthly committee profiles showcase the volunteer work that our talented IPIC members are doing to grow the IP profession and share valuable knowledge with their peers across the country. This month, we sat down with Béatrice Ngatcha, the Editor of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review, to learn more about what the Editorial Board of IPIC’s CIPR committee has been up to this year.
July 2, 2020
This is the second edition of IPIC's member profile series on the UnscrIPted blog, which features a monthly interview with a Canadian IP professional to discuss their career accomplishments, interests and overall outlook on the IP profession. Richard Levy has been an IPIC member since 1986 and has been a member of multiple IPIC Committees, as well as the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is based in Montreal, where he runs his private practice, Levy IP Law and Dispute Resolutions.
June 18, 2020
Launched in August 2019 as part of Canada’s Intellectual Property Strategy, ExploreIP is a free online tool that provides businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators a new way to discover intellectual property (IP) held by public sector institutions such as government, academia or other public sector institutions. A showcase of Canada’s research expertise, ExploreIP supports ground-breaking research and discoveries by stimulating collaborations to help launch the next big thing in innovation.
June 12, 2020
COVID-19 is an event that came into existence suddenly and in a matter of months changed the way the world works. As a result, this unprecedented crisis is having a significant impact on the global economy. However, it is clear that the importance and value of innovation is not affected by this crisis and it is the businesses that best position themselves and protect their innovations that will emerge from this crisis as leaders.