The Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal websites, e-filing and email services will be inaccessible from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Sunday, December 23. The IPPractice email service will not run tomorrow but will operate during the holidays on days when the court registry is open.
Earlier today, the Federal Court heard Voltage Pictures’ motion for third-party discovery of TekSavvy, an Ontario ISP, in the copyright infringement proceeding against unidentified BitTorrent users. The Court granted TekSavvy’s request to adjourn the motion to January 14, 2013 to allow time for more notices to be sent to affected users.
The Honourable Yvan Roy and The Honourable Cecily Y. Strickland have been appointed to the Federal Court effective today. Justice Roy was a lawyer with the Government of Canada, Privy Council Office, in Ottawa and Justice Strickland was a lawyer with Stewart McKelvey in St. John’s practicing maritime law, environmental law and administrative law.
The Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Reference re Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167 and Broadcasting Order CRTC 2010-168, 2012 SCC 68. The majority (5-4 split) held that the CRTC’s ‘value-for-signal’ policy empowering private local television stations to negotiate direct compensation for retransmission of signals by cable and satellite companies was ultra vires.
The European Parliament has passed the EU unitary patent rules. The three packages passed today relate to the unitary patent, the language regime and the unified patent court. The new rules come into force on January 1, 2014 or after thirteen contracting states ratify it, provided that UK, France and Germany are among them.
Eli Lilly has filed a “Notice of Intent” to challenge the ‘promise doctrine’ in Canadian patent law through NAFTA. The focus of the statement is on the law of the ‘promise’ of a patent in determining patent validity whether it complies with Canada’s obligations under TRIPs and NAFTA.
New rules on procedure and practice before the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board were published in the Canada Gazette today to codify existing procedures.