Yesterday, Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act was introduced by the government. This is a re-introduction of Bill C-56 from the previous session and the Bill has been fast tracked to committee stage based on the status of Bill C-56 prior to prorogation.
Canada and the EU have signed a trade agreement, CETA, which has several IP related provisions. Based on the government’s summary and media reports, these include geographic indicators, patent term extensions of up to two years and changes to the PM(NOC) Regulations.
Justice Marc Nadon of the Federal Court of Appeal was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada yesterday. He was a judge of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal since 1993.
Justice Snider of the Federal Court, who wrote many leading intellectual property decisions, is retiring effective October 12, 2013. Also, earlier this week the government appointed judges to the British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI and Quebec courts.