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CIPO Waiver

CIPO has issued a practice notice waiving the requirement to pay difference between the amounts paid for certain $50 small entity maintenance fees up to today and the amount actually required as increased by the Service Fee Act because of incorrect information posted by CIPO. Accompanying amendments to the Patent Rules that came into force earlier this week address situations where fees are paid incorrectly as a result of erroneous information provided by the Commissioner of Patents.

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Online Harms Act

The government has introduced Bill C-63, the “Online Harms Act” which would among other things establish a Digital Safety Commission and imposes obligations on operators of social media services to make content that sexually victimizes a child or revictimizes a survivor and intimate content communicated without consent inaccessible to persons in Canada in certain circumstances.

 

Patentees 2023

In 2023, approximately 27,500 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office, the most since I’ve been tracking patent stats, and up substantially from a slow year in 2022 when only 18,125 were granted. Boeing was the top recipient of patents in Canada in 2023. The other top recipients were Halliburton Energy Services, Huawei Technologies, 10353744 Canada Ltd. and Qualcomm. See more for the top 20. Continue reading Patentees 2023

AI

The Federal Court issued a Notice to the Parties and the Profession “The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Court Proceedings” indicating that it expects parties to declare if they have used generative AI to create documents filed with the court. A companion “Interim Principles and Guidelines on the Court’s Use of Artificial Intelligence” introduces the court’s principles relating to AI including a statement that “The Court will not use AI, and more specifically automated decision-making tools, in making its judgments and orders, without first engaging in public consultation.”