The amendments to the Patent Act and Patent Rules will come into force October 30, 2019. Orders in Council will be published in July with the amended Patent Rules and authorization to ratify the Patent Law Treaty.
Janet Fuhrer of Ridout & Maybee was appointed a judge of the Federal Court. Judicial appointments were also made today in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.
Justice Anne Mactavish, a Judge of the Federal Court was appointed yesterday to the Federal Court of Appeal. Appointments were also made in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec.
On Monday, June 17, 2019, significant changes to the Trademarks Act will come into force. These long awaited changes including changes to implement the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement. Many of CIPO’s online trademark services are offline until Monday morning in preparation for the changes. Continue reading Trademark Changes
In support of the upcoming changes to the Trademark Act, CIPO is taking some online services offline for patents, copyright, industrial designs from Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 4 p.m. EDT to Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7 a.m. EDT. Trademark online services will be offline from Thursday, at 00:00 EDT to Monday, at 06:00am EDT. Continue reading CIPO downtime
The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has issued its report (link) on the 5-year statutory review of the Copyright Act. The committee includes 36 recommendations touching on simplifying the structure of the Copyright Act, reversion of copyright, crown copyright, computer generated works, fair dealing, safe harbours and statutory damages, among other things.
Update: Link to report fixed after they moved it.
Bill C-100 was introduced today for first reading, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States. The Bill includes amendments to the Copyright Act and Trademarks Act. Continue reading NAFTA 2.0
I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues tomorrow at the CBA IP Day and Judges’ Dinner in Ottawa.