A private members Bill has received first reading in parliament that would amend the Copyright Act to include artist re-sale rights. Bill C-516, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (artist’s resale right), was introduced on May 29, 2013.
In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the lower court decision in Bowman v. Monsanto et al. The Court held that a farmer who buys patented genetically modified seeds may not reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission.
The Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments today on Eli Lilly’s application for leave to appeal in its olanzapine patent infringement proceeding where its selection patent was found invalid for lacking utility under the ‘promise doctrine’ by the lower courts, with a decision expected this Thursday. US recently listed Canada on its IP ‘watch list’, highlighting concern with Canada’s “heightened utility requirements for patents that Canadian courts have been adopting recently.”
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Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released its en banc decision in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation on the patentability of computer related inventions. The panel of ten judges wrote seven sets of reasons but a majority affirmed the lower court decision that the asserted system, method and computer-readable media claims were not directed to eligible subject matter.
Both the Federal Court and CIPO websites have scheduled outages this weekend. The Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal announced that their website, email and e-filing will be unavailable from Friday night to Sunday morning. CIPO’s deposit accounts and some e-commerce services will be unavailable from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.
Last week, the UK parliament enacted legislation directed to the licensing of orphan works. Regulations will be introduced later to address the details of the scheme.