This site is my collection of updates, statistics and analysis on intellectual property in Canada. I am a partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP practicing in the area of intellectual property (more about me). Material on this website are my own views and do not reflect the position of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, any of its member firms around the world, or any of its clients. IPPractice.ca grew out of my hobby to gather and share interesting updates on intellectual property to friends and colleagues. Highlights include:

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There are reports today that Barry Sherman and his wife Honey have been found deceased in their home in Toronto. Barry Sherman was the founder of generic pharmaceutical company Apotex Inc, a significant player in the pharmaceutical industry both in Canada and abroad. Apotex has been a party to many patent litigation proceedings including on many of the leading decisions on patent law.


There are no new proceeding reports or updates on watched files due to changes with the Federal Court website.  …Read More

Industrial Designs

Amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. The changes are primarily directed to implementing the Hague Agreement. Consultation is open until January 8, 2018.

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Proposed “Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations” have been published in the Canada Gazette for a 75 day consultation. According to the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, “This proposal would amend the Patented Medicines Regulations (“Regulations”) so that the PMPRB’s regulatory framework includes new price regulatory factors and patentee price information reporting requirements that will help the PMPRB to protect Canadian consumers from excessive prices.”

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The Honourable Sheilah L. Martin was appointed today to the Supreme Court of Canada. In the Federal Court, Justice Paul Favel was appointed to replace Justice Russell who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Appointments were also made to the Saskatchewan and Quebec courts. …Read More

Canadian Intellectual Property