Bill C-11 received royal asset yesterday. The Bill, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities), implements provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty.
Starting tomorrow, patent and trademark agents can claim privilege analogous to solicitor-client privilege for communications between the agent and their client, that is intended to be confidential and is made for the purpose of seeking or giving advice relating to the protection of inventions or trademarks.
Mandy Aylen, a partner at BLG, has been appointed a prothonotary of the Federal Court in Ottawa. The appointment was effective June 16th. Continue reading Prothonotary Appointment
Over the past week, there have been several interesting decisions relating to IP issued in the US. In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the rule for cost shifting in copyright litigation. In Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, the U.S. Supreme Court approved of the USPTO applying ‘broadest reasonable construction’ during IPR proceedings and that the initiation of an IPR was non-reviewable. Earlier today, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the CAFC permitted continuation application to be filed on the same day as the grant date of the parent.
A private members bill has been introduced that would, if enacted, extend copyright to 70 years. Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (term of copyright), was introduced on Friday by Conservative Peter Van Loan.
Judges were appointed today to the courts in Alberta, Ontario, BC and Quebec and to the Federal Court of Appeal. Justice Judith M. Woods, formerly a judge of the Tax Court was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal.
The United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in Halo Electronics Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc. relating to the ability of district courts to award treble damages in patent infringement proceedings, rejecting limits arising from Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit decisions.
CIPO has opened consultations on proposed fees for various steps under upcoming amended Patent and Trademark rules. These steps include fees per Nice Classifications and renewal fees for trademarks and correction, after-allowance amendments and late fees for patents. The consultation is open until July 5, 2016.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has announced consultations on the regulatory framework for patent and trademark agents.