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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No Email

There is no IPPractice daily email for November 25 because the Federal Court websites are down for scheduled maintenance. From the Courts Administrative Service website:

The Courts Administration Service network which supports the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and the Tax Court of Canada websites, will not be available from Friday November 25th at 4 p.m. E.S.T. until Sunday, November 27th in the afternoon.

Promise at the SCC

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear oral arguments in AstraZeneca Canada Inc., et al. v. Apotex Inc., et al. (Esomeprazole) relating to the ‘promise doctrine’ of patent utility.

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CETA Implementation

Bill C-30 has been introduced to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe. The Bill includes amendments to the Patent Act, regarding supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and altering the PM(NOC) procedure, and to the Trade-mark Act regarding geographic indicators with grounds of opposition and certain exceptions for prior use, acquired rights and generic terms. Amendments are also proposed to a number of other acts. …Read More

DLA Piper

As of today, I am now a partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP to continue my intellectual property practice as part of Dimock Stratton’s combination with DLA Piper. Update your contact lists!

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Patent Colloquium

For those interested, the Fifth Annual Patent Colloquium at the new law building at UofT is a month away on Friday, November 4th. There will be panel discussions on early stage claim construction, independence of experts, non-infringing alternatives, among other topics.

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Canadian Intellectual Property