Earlier this week, CIPO and the European Patent Office announced a memorandum of understanding to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway between the two offices to expedite patent applications. In other European news, the text of CETA, the Canada/Europe Trade Agreement was officially published.
The Competition Bureau has released a couple of documents on competition issues and patents, addressing among other things non-use of an IP right and potentially anti-competitive patent litigation settlement agreements.
3D printing raises interesting issues in all areas of intellectual property. What types of intellectual property will be used by rights holders and how will copyright, trade-marks, industrial design and patents be enforced against providers and users of 3D printers? I explore some of these issues in an article published today.