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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I have been in a (virtual) trial this week so here are some catch up items from the last while:


A couple of more COVID related announcements:

  • Federal Court of Appeal has extended (link) its suspension period to May 29th, from the previously announced May 15th (the same as the Federal Court)
  • CIPO has extended the period of designated days through to May 29th, from the previously announced May 19th (earlier post)


Andrew Little of Bennett Jones was appointed to the Federal Court today. Justice René LeBlanc of the Federal Court was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal to replace Justice Gauthier, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

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Federal Court

The Federal Court has issued an updated Practice Notice and Order relating to the suspension and resumption of hearings due to COVID-19. The Court’s Suspension Period is extended to May 29th and regular hearings up to June 29th are adjourned sine die with exceptions.


The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended the Suspension Period due to COVID-19 through May 15 so that affected time limits ending on any of these designated days will now be extended until (link). CIPO also indicated that the Client Service Centre will resume its intellectual property document order service.

Canadian Intellectual Property