September 16, 2022
Counsel for the Defendants in 278861 Ontario Inc. v Bhagwani et al, 2022 ONSC 905 have asked IPIC to intervene in an appeal to be heard in the Ontario Divisional Court. The appeal relates to the proposed use trademark “Bombay Frankies”. The Intervention Committee has reviewed the request and recommended to the IPIC Board of Directors that IPIC file an intervention provided that pro bono counsel can be retained. The Intervention Committee also recommends that the Chair of the Litigation Committee solicit interest in identifying intervention counsel willing to act on a pro bono basis. Given that the appeal will take place in Ontario, preference should be given to Ontario counsel. The IPIC Board has met on the matter and has agreed that IPIC should intervene on the matter.
July 29, 2022
Paul was described by long-time friend and colleague Charles Boulakia as “one of a kind, a truly unique soul, a keen wit, and a good friend. I, and the rest of his colleagues at Ridout & Maybee, are devastated by the loss.” The following tribute was provided by his firm where he was a member of the Ridout & Maybee LLP family since 2003. Paul was described by long-time friend and colleague Charles Boulakia as “one of a kind, a truly unique soul, a keen wit, and a good friend. I, and the rest of his colleagues at Ridout & Maybee, are devastated by the loss.” The following tribute was provided by his firm where he was a member of the Ridout & Maybee LLP family since 2003.
July 22, 2022
IPIC wishes to extend its congratulations and recognition to the members who successfully passed the Patent Administrator Exam on June 21, 2022. This 4-course online program and qualifying examination encompassed the Patent Foundations and Lifecycle, Preparing and Filing a Patent Application, Patent Examination and Issuance, as well as Patent Maintenance Abandonment and Transfer.
July 22, 2022
IPIC wishes to offer its sincere condolences following the passing of Peter W. McBurney, a long-time member of the Institute for 62 years and Past President of IPIC from 1985-1986. Following his graduation from university in 1957, Peter trained to become a patent agent in the patent department of Canadian General Electric in Toronto, Canada. He later joined the IP department of McCarthy & McCarthy as a Registered Canadian and United States Patent Agent (1959) and a Registered Professional Engineer (Ontario). After 10 years, he and Donald F. Sim, Q.C., with Harold G. Fox, Q.C as counsel, founded the boutique patent and trademark agency firm, Sim & McBurney, where he remained for more than 45 years in the capacity of Founding Partner, Senior Partner and finally, Senior Consultant.
June 17, 2022
IPIC wishes to extend its congratulations and recognition to the applicants who successfully passed the Trademark Administrator Exam earlier this month and have been awarded the designation of Certified Canadian Trademark Administrator.
April 8, 2022
IPIC was pleased with the government’s commitment to study IPIC’s recommendation for a patent box tax incentive, however, it is clear much work is left to be done to gain the government’s support on the importance of other IP incentives, such as First Patent Program, a Brand Protection Strategy, and other IP subsidies and policies IPIC has advocated for over the last few years.
April 7, 2022
The IPIC Member of Distinction Award aims to recognize IP professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Institute over at least 20 consecutive years. For those with more short-term involvement, the unique and impactful nature of the contribution must be emphasized.
March 30, 2022
Late last month IPIC President Louis-Pierre Gravelle was invited to present before the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA), and Member of Parliament Julie Dzerowicz, on IPIC’s recommendations for the 2022 Federal Budget. President Gravelle was part of a panel of key innovation stakeholders assembled by MP Dzerowicz. Given the short time frame for FINA to hear from stakeholders as part of their pre-budget consultations, MP Dzerowicz was charged with assembling the panel and communicating the relevance and importance of these recommendations to the committee.
February 14, 2022
Aird & Berlis LLP & Aird & McBurney LP's esteemed panel 'Black Women Leaders: Diversity in the Legal Profession' Thursday February 17, 2022
Join Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney this Thursday February 17 to hear from trailblazing Black women who are thriving in the legal sector. Esteemed panelists will explain how they have navigated challenges and seized opportunities to take their careers to where they are today.
February 4, 2022
The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and IP Osgoode are delighted to announce our 2022 Canadian writing challenge in intellectual property law.
February 3, 2022
A decision of a Prothonotary of the Federal Court in JANSSEN Inc. and MITSUBISHI TANABE PHARMA Corporation v. SANDOZ CANADA Inc. (2021 FC 1265) in November of 2021 included an interpretation of the 2016 amendments to the Patent Act which granted privilege to communications between a patent agent and their client (Section 16.1 of the Patent Act).
January 7, 2022
The IP Village is the result of a collaboration between the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Export Development Canada (EDC), Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (GAC–TCS), the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).