Three practice notices came to my attention this week:
- Practice Notice from CIPO for Objection Proceedings for Geographic Indicators under new section 11.13 of the Trade-marks Act
- Practice Notice and guidance from the Federal Court on the scheduling of applications
- Customs Notice advising that the Canada Border Services Agency Border Watch Line accepts information on shipments of counterfeit or pirated goods that are dangerous
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Changes to the Patent Act, Patent Rules, Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and the Trade-marks Act, and new Certificate of Supplemental Protection Regulations come into force on September 21, 2017 as part of Canada’s implementation of CETA. Today, Health Canada released guidance documents on applying for Certificates of Supplementary Protection and on Health Canada’s administration of the PM(NOC) Regulations.
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Justice Shirzad Ahmed was appointed to the Federal Court on Friday. In other appointments, Justice Ian Nordheimer was elevated to the Ontario Court of Appeal and Justice Barbara Fisher elevated to the BC Court of Appeal.
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There was no IPPractice email on Monday due to changes with the Federal Court website that stopped the checks for new proceedings and updates on watched proceedings.
The final regulations for implementing CETA in Canada were published today in a special edition of the Canada Gazette. As compared to the proposed regulations published earlier this summer, the final versions the IP related regulations are very similar, with no changes to the Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, 2017, two changes to the Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations and no changes to Rules Amending the Patent Rules. As reported yesterday, the changes come into force September 21, 2017. Continue reading CETA
A series of Orders in Council dated last week but published today confirm that most of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act will come into force September 21, 2017. This includes expanded geographic indicators, certificates of supplementary protection and changes to the PM(NOC) Regulations.
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Proposed federal regulations to implement mandatory data breach reporting requirements, Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations, were published for consultation. The proposed regulations include requirements for providing a data breach report to the Commission and for notifying affected individuals.
The Federal Court issued a Practice Notice today regarding informal requests for interlocutory requests such as extensions or abridgement of time, leave to amend pleadings or the style of cause, bifurcation, and other procedural matters on consent. The Notice sets out the requirements for such requests by way of letters, in place of formal motion records.
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The government has announced consultations on reforms to the Copyright Board. A discussion paper accompanying the consultation identifies 13 possible options for legislative and regulatory reforms for the Copyright Board to address timely decision making. The consultation is open until September 29. Continue reading Copyright Board
Proposed substantive amendments to the Patent Rules have been published for consultation. Among other things, the amendments overhaul filing requirements, the timing of responses to CIPO notices and the abandonment procedures and are directed to implementing the Patent Law Treaty.
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