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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2018 Wrap Up

We are now a couple of weeks into 2019 but I thought a brief summary of 2018 may be of interest:

  • 175 IP decisions reported (201 in 2017)
  • 363 new IP Federal Court proceedings started (376 in 2017)
    • 83 patent infringement cases (50 in 2017)
  • 23,499 patents granted (24,099 in 2017)
  • 25,222 trademarks registered (29,766 in 2017)
  • 9 IP related SCC proceedings started (11 in 2017)
  • 6 IP trials in Federal Court (10 in 2017)
    • around 120 trial days (~150 in 2017)
  • Over 400,000 emails sent to IPPractice subscribers

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Top Patentees 2018

In 2018, approximately 23,500 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office. Halliburton Energy Services was the top recipient of patents with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The other top applicants were General Electric Company, The Boeing Company, and BlackBerry Limited. …Read More


Due to a network problem last week, IPPractice was not operational for several days. Today’s email includes the missing updates but let me know if you think I have missed anything.

Budget Bill

Bill C-86, the budget bill that implements changes to the Patent Act, the Trade-marks Act and the Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency received royal assent yesterday. Bill C-86 received minor amendments as it went through parliament.

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Associate Chief Justice

The Honourable Jocelyne Gagné, a judge of the Federal Court, was appointed as Associate Chief Justice of the Federal Court (link).

Canadian Intellectual Property