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’.
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Trademarks is unable to certify an application for international registration (AIR) under the Madrid Protocol or one is withdrawn.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.
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
Earlier today, the US Supreme Court agreed to take up Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC on “whether humorous use of another’s trademark as one’s own on a commercial product is subject to the Lanham Act’s traditional likelihood-of-confusion analysis, or instead receives heightened First Amendment protection from trademark-infringement claims”. The defendant sells a “Bad Spaniels” squeaky dog toy.
Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Nova Chemicals Corp. v. Dow Chemical Co., 2022 SCC 43 regarding the quantification of an accounting of profits as a result of patent infringement. The majority dismissed the appeal with a focus on the ‘non-infringing option’: “a non-infringing option helps courts isolate the profits causally attributable to the invention from the profits which arose at the same time the infringing product was used or sold, but which are not causally attributable to the invention.” The majority also upheld springboard profits, saying, “a portion of such post-expiry profits may be causally attributable to infringement of the invention.” Continue reading Supreme Court
On Friday, the US Supreme Court granted review in two IP cases:
The Federal Court has issued an updated Practice Notice on the Court’s “transition back to in-person hearings”. For hearings scheduled in January 2023 and beyond, the presumption will be in-person except for motions scheduled to be heard for a duration of two hours or less, as well as certain IRPA and Citizenship Act proceedings. “The Court encourages parties to all modes of hearings to proceed on the basis of an electronic record” Continue reading COVID Practice Notice