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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As part of coming into force of amendments to the Patent Act and the Patent Rules on October 30th, the new version of the Manual of Patent Office Practice was published today. …Read More

Crown Copyright

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc., 2019 SCC 43, with the Court finding that the copyright in the plans of survey digitized, stored and copied by Ontario’s service provider, Teranet, vested in the Crown pursuant to s.12 of the Copyright Act.

IP and insolvency

As published in the Canada Gazette last week, amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) relating to IP licenses when the IP licensor becomes insolvent, will come into force November 1, 2019. These amendments were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 (Bill C-86). I discussed these amendments in my recent article for Slaw, Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Scenarios.

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Federal Court

The Federal Court has published a consultation on its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and is seeking comments until September 13, 2019. The consultation asks what should be the Court’s priorities, including on digitization as well as a reflection on its previous strategic plan.


Earlier today, the members of the new board for the new College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents were announced. Jeffrey Astle, Karima Bawa, Thomas G. Conway, Ruth McHugh and Douglas B. Thompson will serve as directors. See earlier posts on seeking candidates and Bill C-86.

Canadian Intellectual Property