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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Australian-based intellectual property services group, IPH Limited, announced it is acquiring Robic. It acquired Ridout & Maybee in September and Smart & Biggar in October 2022. …Read More

Design Bar

The USPTO has announced a separate design patent bar. Existing practitioners can continue practice in all areas but the new bar would allow applicants with degrees in “industrial design,
product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education” or equivalents.


President Biden issued an executive order today on the regulation of AI systems including on safety test results and standards for red-team testing. In a section on intellectual property, the USPTO was directed to publish guidance on patent inventorship and the use of AI and the Copyright Office to provide recommendations on works produced using AI and the treatment of copyrighted works in AI training.

Complex Proceedings

The Federal Court has issued an updated consolidated practice direction “Case and Trial Management Guidelines for Complex Proceedings and Proceedings under the PM(NOC) Regulations”. The notice states that the update includes instructions for subsequent case management conferences and timing for submissions on costs.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Saturday September 30th, the Federal Court will only hear urgent motions on Monday October 2. The court issued a Notice to the Parties and the Profession noting that, “due to the current wording of the amendments to the Interpretation Act and the definition of holiday in section 2 of the Federal Court Rules, the Federal Court Registry will still be open for filing on Monday, October 2, 2023, via drop-box and E-filing only” and “Litigants are reminded to include Monday, October 2, 2023, in their computation of time.” October 2nd is generally considered a holiday at CIPO.

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