The Federal Court has announced a pilot program to have various ‘chambers’ of judges assigned to proceedings in the areas of i) IP/Competition; ii) maritime and admiralty; and iii) class actions. The Notice to the Parties and the Profession lists the judges assigned to each of the three chambers.
A few updates over the last few days:
- The Copyright Board has new Rules of Practice and Procedure published in the Canada Gazette yesterday.
- The Canadian Trademarks Office and Opposition Board announced electronic correspondence. Their systems will be unavailable from 3pm ET this Friday until Monday morning for the product release.
- In Europe, the Unified Patent Court will launch on June 1, 2023 with a sunrise period that started March 1st.
Ekaterina Tsimberis, Principal at Smart & Biggar LLP in Montréal, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court yesterday. Appointments were also made to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, the Superior Court of Quebec and the Court of Appeal of Prince Edward Island. Continue reading Appointments
The Federal Court has published for consultation in the Canada Gazette, proposed amendments to the Federal Courts Rules relating to the costs regime. The proposed changes include: i) separate sections for actions, applications, motion and appeals; ii) only three columns (instead of five currently); iii) additional assessable items; and iv) an overall increase of about 25% to costs awarded under the tariff. The changes also include replacing “Prothonotary” with “Associate Judge” in the Rules. Continue reading Costs
Michael Crinson of Crinson Law LLP was appointed an Associate Judge of the Federal Court today. Appointments were also made today to the Superior Court of Ontario and the Superior Court of Quebec. Continue reading Appointments
CIPO has issued a reminder that many fees have changed as of January 1st with most fees increasing by about 3%. They have also published a consultation in the Canada Gazette for a 25% fee increase for next January as well as expanding the definition of ‘small entity’.
Happy New Year
Thank you for another year with IPPractice. In 2022, I sent out 480,000 emails to over 2200 subscribers. I have included reports on about 180 IP-related decisions and over 330 new IP-proceedings. My top post was announcing the new Patent Rules and the most popular decision was Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Attorney General Of Canada, 2022 FC 923. Happy New Year! Continue reading Happy New Year
One new and one amended trademark practice notice were published today. A new notice clarifies the practice before CIPO as an Office of Origin when the Registrar of Trademarks is unable to certify an application for international registration (AIR) under the Madrid Protocol or one is withdrawn. An updated notice is directed to exclusionary wording in statements of goods or services.
USPTO patents agents
The USPTO is requesting Canadian patent agents who are registered to practice before the USPTO under 37 CFR §§ 11.6(c) to confirm their intentions to remain registered, CPATA status, and contact information. Miles Steininger has a helpful summary of the request and required response. The USPTO has set a deadline of January 6, 2023 to respond.
An Order in Council has fixed December 30th as the day on which Division 16 of Part 5 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 comes into force to extend certain terms of copyright protection from 50 years to 70 years after the life of the author. Continue reading Copyright