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November 5, 2020
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the subject of human fascination and awe (and Hollywood movies) for many years. Who can forget the iconic scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the intelligent computer HAL 9000 says “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that,” and refuses to allow Dave to re-enter the pod bay doors because HAL knows that Dave is planning to disconnect it (him?). AI is busy learning, growing, computing, and in some cases inventing, all while we sleep.
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.