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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Two new judges were appointed to the Federal Court today. Justice Elizabeth Walker was the Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee and Justice John Norris was a sole practitioner based in Toronto.

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Trademarks Regulations

Proposed changes to the Trademarks Regulations were published (link) in the Canada Gazette (Part I) for consultation until March 11, 2018. The changes, among other things, implement the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement. CIPO held consultation on earlier versions of these changes in 2017.  (See earlier post)

2017 in Review

As we come to the end 2017, here is a summary of the most popular* items from the past year. CETA and NAFTA were of the most interest with four of the top five posts relating to the Eli Lilly NAFTA arbitration decision and the implementation of changes to the PM(NOC) Regulations and geographic indicators:

Most popular reported decisions:

  • Mostar Directional Technologies Inc. v Drill-Tek Corporation et al., 2017 FC 575
  • Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. v. Arctic Cat Inc., 2017 FC 207
  • The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation, 2017 FC 350
  • Sleep Country Canada Inc. v. Sears Canada Inc., 2017 FC 148
  • Apotex Inc. v Eli Lilly and Company, 2017 ONSC 7204

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Season’s Greetings

As we come to the end of another year, I would like to thank all my IPPractice subscribers, currently approximately 1600. I would also like to remind you to check out your subscription preferences to take advantage of some of the features available, including:

  • new Federal Court and Federal Court proceedings;
  • intellectual property decisions;
  • monitoring developments on specific Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada proceedings;
  • newly scheduled hearings and applications in the Federal Court;
  • updates on IP cases at the Supreme Court of Canada including leave applications and decisions;
  • alerts on Copyright Board rulings and decision;
  • newly listed innovative drugs listed by Health Canada;
  • newly listed patents on Health Canada’s Patent Register;
  • CIRA domain name decisions;
  • Patent Appeal Board decisions; and
  • Trademark Opposition Board decisions.

I welcome any feature requests, bug reports, comments and financial contributions. All the best for the holidays and I look forward to connecting with many of you in 2018!


Kathleen Marie Ring has been appointed as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court. She replaces Justice Lafrenière, who was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in June.

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Canadian Intellectual Property