Implementing regulations for mandatory data breach reporting requirements, the Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations, were published in the Canada Gazette and are to come into force November 1, 2018. The regulations implement amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
CIPO announced today that it has allocated patent application number 3,000,000. This is the one-millionth ‘New Act’ patent application.
The first Certificate of Supplementary Protection has issued, providing two years of protection. Twelve applications for certificates of supplementary protection have been filed since the regulations came into force in September 2017. Continue reading Certificate of Supplementary Protection
Last week, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology announced the statutory review of the of the Copyright Act.
There was no IPPractice email update on Thursday, March 22 due to problems accessing the Federal Court website. The update for Friday contains updates for both Thursday and Friday.
About 55,000 trademark applications were filed in Canada in 2017. Of these, about 25% were filed in-house or without an agent (up slightly from previous years, and up from 17% in 2010). Check out my list of the 50 firms/agents that filed the most applications in 2017.
Top 5 trademark filers in 2017: Brandster Branding Ltd., Target Brands, The Procter & Gamble Company, Johnson & Johnson, and L’Oreal. Continue reading Canadian Trademark Filings in 2017
Two new judges were appointed to the Federal Court today. Justice Elizabeth Walker was the Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee and Justice John Norris was a sole practitioner based in Toronto.
Proposed changes to the Trademarks Regulations were published (link) in the Canada Gazette (Part I) for consultation until March 11, 2018. The changes, among other things, implement the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement. CIPO held consultation on earlier versions of these changes in 2017. (See earlier post)
As we come to the end 2017, here is a summary of the most popular* items from the past year. CETA and NAFTA were of the most interest with four of the top five posts relating to the Eli Lilly NAFTA arbitration decision and the implementation of changes to the PM(NOC) Regulations and geographic indicators:
- March 17 – NAFTA arbitration decision
- May 16 – Bill C-30 receives royal assent
- July 14 – CETA proposed regulations published
- March 20 – NAFTA arbitration decision published
- July 24 – List of top recipients of patents in 2016
Most popular reported decisions:
- Mostar Directional Technologies Inc. v Drill-Tek Corporation et al., 2017 FC 575
- Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. v. Arctic Cat Inc., 2017 FC 207
- The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation, 2017 FC 350
- Sleep Country Canada Inc. v. Sears Canada Inc., 2017 FC 148
- Apotex Inc. v Eli Lilly and Company, 2017 ONSC 7204
As we come to the end of another year, I would like to thank all my IPPractice subscribers, currently approximately 1600. I would also like to remind you to check out your subscription preferences to take advantage of some of the features available, including:
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