Sections of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act relating to a new border enforcement regime come into force January 1, 2015, as published today in the Canada Gazette.
Bill C-43, a budget bill that includes changes to the Patent Act and Industrial Design Act, has received royal assent. The changes are intended to implement the Patent Law Treaty and the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
The Honourable Simon Fothergill, counsel with the Privy Council Office, was appointed to the Federal Court today. The Honourable C. Michael Ryer, counsel to Deloitte Tax Law LLP was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal. Appointments were also made today to courts in Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick and British Columbia.
Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act received royal assent earlier today. The legislation is primarily directed to counterfeit goods, including border enforcement, criminal provisions and civil remedies though amendments to the Copyright Act and Trade-marks Act. The amendments were previously introduced as Bill C-56 in 2013.
Earlier today, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released its decision in Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Systems, Inc. relating to standard essential patents on the 802.11(n) wireless standard. Ericsson had committed to RAND license terms on its patents and the court considered what RAND royalty rate would be appropriate.