Intellectual Property Proceedings in Federal Court for 2022

Many of the intellectual properties proceedings in Canada are litigated in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. I have created the following list of proceedings based on listings provided by the Federal Courts website.

The Federal Court identifies the ‘type’ of proceeding (such as ‘Patent Infringement’) which can be used to identify IP proceedings but this is often incomplete because some PM(NOC) applications are coded as generic Judicial Reviews rather than as specifically IP. I have attempted to compensate for this by creating my own list of frequent PM(NOC) litigants and flagging those as IP regardless of the Federal Courts listing. The Federal Court occasionally incorrectly codes proceedings, such as marking proceedings as ‘patent’ when they are clearly a trade-mark proceeding – I have not corrected these errors – which affects the summary statistics contained below.

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[Lists generated on January 26, 2022]

Number of Proceedings

[IP is 10.6% of FC proceedings (15 of 142) year-to-date]

[Based on the ‘type’ designated by the Federal Court.]

Number of Proceedings % of IP Type
5 33.3% Trade Mark Infringement
4 26.7% S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review
3 20.0% Patent Infringement
2 13.3% Copyright Infringement [Actions]
1 6.7% Patented Medicines (NOC) Regulations [Actions]

IP Federal Court Proceedings Year To Date

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File No. Style of Cause Proceeding Type Date Started Firms*
T-2-22 Planit Software Ltd. v. Huaming Kitchen Cabinet Limited dba Huaming Cabinet Copyright Infringement [Actions] 2022-01-04 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP; GODFREY, NELSON;  
T-8-22 0907059 B.C. LTD. o/a SUSHI CALIFORNIA v. 2316957 ONTARIO CORP. o/a SUSHI CA Trade Mark Infringement 2022-01-05 FIJ LAW LLP; SPARANO, RAFFAELE;  
T-10-22 AbbVie Corporation et Al. v. Minister of Health et Al. S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review – (ADALIMUMAB*) 2022-01-05 MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT LLP; MCCARTHY TETRAULT LLP;  
T-15-22 BOEHRINGER INGLEHEIM (CANADA) LTD. ET AL v. PHARMASCIENCE INC. Patented Medicines (NOC) Regulations [Actions] – (Linagliptin*) 2022-01-06 Smart & Biggar; SMART & BIGGER;  
T-19-22 Ecologyst Outfitters Inc. v. Ten Tree International Inc. Trade Mark Infringement 2022-01-06 Silvergate Law; WAGNER, JAMES;  
T-64-22 MTY FRANCHISING INC. v. FRESHII INC. Trade Mark Infringement 2022-01-10 LAVERY, DE BILLY, SENCRL; DE BILLY, LAVERY;  
T-69-22 BARTON PHARMACY INC. v. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review 2022-01-12 Rosen Kirshen Tax Law; ROSEN, JASON;  
T-74-22 DIZOLVE GROUP CORPORATION v. ANBE INC. d.b.a. “KIND LAUNDRY” Patent Infringement 2022-01-12 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP; GOWLING WLG (CANDADA) LLP;  
T-99-22 8265844 CANADA INC. v. Mark Schwartz c.o.b. as Yard Butler Trade Mark Infringement 2022-01-18 GOWLING WLG (CANADA) LLP; PICHE, NATHAN;  
T-119-22 MASONTOPS, INC. v. NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC. ET AL Patent Infringement 2022-01-20 Riches, McKenzie & Herbert; ADAMS, MICHAEL;  
T-120-22 CLINIQUE VÉT. CENTRE DU QC INC. c. SERVICES VÉT. EMBRYOTECH INC ET AL. Patent Infringement 2022-01-20 Norton Rose Fulbright Canada; NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT CANADA;  
T-123-22 ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY, ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES BRANCH v. NAGER Trade Mark Infringement 2022-01-20 Dentons Canada LLP; ZELYAS, CHRIS;  
T-124-22 HITMAN TWO PRODUCTIONS, INC. v. DOE #1 et. al. Copyright Infringement [Actions] 2022-01-21 AIRD & BERLIS LLP; CLARK, KENNETH;  
T-130-22 ABBVIE CORPORATION et Al. v. THE MINISTER OF HEALTH et Al. S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review – (ADALIMUMAB*) 2022-01-21 MCCARTHY TETRAULT LLP; MCCARTHY TETRAULT LLP;  
T-141-22 THE SPIRIT BEAR COFFEE COMPANY INC. v. KITASOO BAND COUNCIL S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review 2022-01-25  

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IP Federal Court Appeal Proceedings Year To Date

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File No. Style of Cause Proceeding Type Date Started Firms*
A-19-22 PAID SEARCH ENERGINE TOOLS, LLC v. GOOGLE CANADA CORPORATION ET AL Appeal (S.27 – Final) – Others [Appeal from 2021 FC 1435 in T-40-18] 2022-01-18 Aitken Klee LLP; Klee, Marcus;  
A-20-22 GALDERMA CANADA INC v. AGC Appeal (S.27 – Interloc.) – By or Against the Crown [from T-906-20 – S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review] 2022-01-18 GOWLING WLG (CANADA) LLP; Ruby, Malcolm;  
A-23-22 Farmers Edge INC. v. Farmobile, LLC Appeal (S.27 – Interloc.) – Patent Act 2022-01-21 McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Godfrey, Jasmine A.;  

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Notes:

  • Firms – The firms listed are either the plaintiff firm as listed by the Federal Court or the firms as can (automatically) be identified as appearing on any hearings.
  • Proceedings status – For each proceeding the current status as can best be (automatically) determined is listed. This is based on an automatically review of the docket entries for each proceeding.
  • Patented Medicine – Medicinal ingredients are based on automated analysis and should not be relied upon.

Lists generated on January 26, 2022

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