The Federal Courts Rules Committee has issued a discussion paper regarding possible changes to the Federal Courts Rules to allow for better use of technology in the Court. Comments are requested by
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Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc., 2011 SCC 27 relating to the analysis of likelihood of confusion between trademarks. The decision is an appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal in 2009 FCA 290.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released its en banc decision in Therasense (PDF). The majority held that the defendant must prove the applicant misrepresented or omitted material with a specific intent to deceive the patent office to be successful with an inequitable conduct defence.
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The Supreme Court of Canada announced that it will be releasing its decision in Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc. on Thursday, May 26. The case is an appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal decision in 2009 FCA 290 and relates to the likelihood of confusion between trademarks. Continue reading SCC to release decision in Masterpiece
Yesterday, the Federal Court released a decision in Pfizer Canada Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, 2011 FC 547 (Donepezil) (Court File No. T-1118-09).
In the decision, Justice Hughes allowed Pfizer’s application and prohibited the Minister of Health from issuing an NOC to Mylan until expiry of the patent. The key issue addressed by the court was whether the patent was invalid on the basis of an unsound prediction of utility.
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Yesterday, the Federal Court released a decision in Harmony Consulting Ltd. v. G.A. Foss Transport Ltd., 2011 FC 540 (T-1269-05) relating to the award of costs after an unsuccessful copyright infringement action (2011 FC 340). After identifying that the defendant was completely successful, the plaintiff had not accepted a settlement offer prior to trial and findings of misconduct against the plaintiff, the Court ordered costs against the plaintiff as a percentage of solicitor and client costs.
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The Supreme Court of Canada announced that Justice Ian Binnie and Justice Louise Charron will be retiring at the end of August.
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Yesterday, the Federal Court Appeal released a decision in BBM Canada v. Research in Motion Limited, 2011 FCA 151 (A-347-10).The FCA held that a claim for trade-mark infringement could be brought by way of an application rather than an action.
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Jenna Wilson and I wrote an article for The Lawyers Weekly, May 6, 2011 issue, on the series of copyright appeals that will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in the case of Teva Canada Limited v. Pfizer Canada Inc., et al. (Sildenafil) (SCC case #33951) which is an appeal from Federal Court of Appeal decision 2010 FCA 242. The key issue raised in the appeal is the sufficiency of the description in the patent at issue.
The court also granted leave in the copyright case, Access Copyright (Province of Alberta as represented by the Minister of Education, et al. v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency Operating as “Access Copyright” – SCC case #33888) which relates to fair dealing in the educational context.
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