This afternoon, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics on a single question: “Are human genes patentable?”
Justice Létourneau of the Federal Court of Appeal is retiring and has tendered his resignation effective December 31, 2012.
In a decision released Friday, the Federal Court of Appeal held that inventive concept is a question of law and application judges should look to determinations of inventive concept made in prior proceedings.
Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the Federal Court of Appeal’s Amazon.com decision on patentable subject matter. There are reports that new CIPO Practice Notices on patentable subject matter will be issued after Christmas.
In a decision released today, Justice Zinn held that the Federal Court had jurisdiction to consider Apotex’s impeachment action and motion for summary judgment and declared Pfizer’s patent on Viagra, Canadian Patent No. 2,163,466 invalid.
For those interested in the copyright action started yesterday, T-2046-12, the action is a claim for restitution of past copyright tariff payments on ringtones paid by the plaintiffs to SOCAN.
A subcommittee of the Federal Courts Rules Committee has issued its report on a review of the rules. Some recommendations include revising Rule 3 to focus on resolution rather than ‘determination’, introducing ‘proportionality’ to the Rules, increasing available cost awards and formalizing Practice Notices.
Most of the amendments to the Copyright Act came into force today with publication in the Canada Gazette. Several sections, including those relating to notice-and-notice provisions for ISPs, are delayed for further regulations and the coming into force of treaties. Continue reading Copyright Act Amendments Enter Force