Last week, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada made a couple of announcements as part of the government’s IP Strategy:

2018 Wrap Up

We are now a couple of weeks into 2019 but I thought a brief summary of 2018 may be of interest:

  • 175 IP decisions reported (201 in 2017)
  • 363 new IP Federal Court proceedings started (376 in 2017)
    • 83 patent infringement cases (50 in 2017)
  • 23,499 patents granted (24,099 in 2017)
  • 25,222 trademarks registered (29,766 in 2017)
  • 9 IP related SCC proceedings started (11 in 2017)
  • 6 IP trials in Federal Court (10 in 2017)
    • around 120 trial days (~150 in 2017)
  • Over 400,000 emails sent to IPPractice subscribers

Continue reading 2018 Wrap Up


Due to a network problem last week, IPPractice was not operational for several days. Today’s email includes the missing updates but let me know if you think I have missed anything.

Patent Rules

Amendments to the Patent Rules were published (link) in the Canada Gazette Part I in preparation for ratification of the Patent Law Treaty. As discussed in earlier posts, these amendments overhaul filing requirements, the timing of responses to CIPO notices and the abandonment procedures. Consultation is open for 30 days. CIPO has indicated that implementation is expected by the end of 2019.

Canadian Intellectual Property