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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Justice Anne Mactavish, a Judge of the Federal Court was appointed yesterday to the Federal Court of Appeal. Appointments were also made in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

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Trademark Changes

On Monday, June 17, 2019, significant changes to the Trademarks Act will come into force. These long awaited changes including changes to implement the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement.  Many of CIPO’s online trademark services are offline until Monday morning in preparation for the changes. …Read More

CIPO downtime

In support of the upcoming changes to the Trademark Act, CIPO is taking some online services offline for patents, copyright, industrial designs from Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 4 p.m. EDT to Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7 a.m. EDT. Trademark online services will be offline from Thursday, at 00:00 EDT to Monday, at 06:00am EDT. …Read More

Copyright Review

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has issued its report (link) on the 5-year statutory review of the Copyright Act. The committee includes 36 recommendations touching on simplifying the structure of the Copyright Act, reversion of copyright, crown copyright, computer generated works, fair dealing, safe harbours and statutory damages, among other things.

Update: Link to report fixed after they moved it.


Bill C-100 was introduced today for first reading, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States. The Bill includes amendments to the Copyright Act and Trademarks Act. …Read More

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