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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CIPO has extended the period of designated days until the end of April. This designation is under under subsection 78(1) of the Patent Actsubsection 66(1) of the Trademarks Act, and subsection 21(1) of the Industrial Design Act and extends the previous period, March 16 to March 31 – see link. The CIPO Patent Agent exams have also been adjourned to a date to be determined.

Bill C-13

The emergency legislation, Bill C-13 received Royal Assent today. It includes amendments to the Patent Act to allow compulsory licensing “to respond to the public health emergency”.

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Further to the suspension of certain deadlines (see earlier post), earlier today CIPO published a FAQ on how CIPO intends to apply the suspension.

Agent Renewals

Just a reminder that renewal fees for patent and trademark agents are due by March 31, 2020.

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Federal Court

The Federal Court has posted a FAQ on how it is handling the suspension of hearings and deadlines in view of its Practice Notice posted on March 17 (see earlier post). An amended Practice Notice is expected in the coming days. The FAQ addresses a number of issues including fixed dates: “Any specific date fixed by order or direction for completion of a step in a proceeding that is governed by the Practice Direction is extended for a period equivalent to the Suspension Period.” See the FAQ for more details.

Canadian Intellectual Property