Amendments to the Patent Rules relating to advanced examination of ‘green technologies’ (s.28(1)(b)) were published in the Canada Gazette and are now in force. The amendments also provide for all applications to leave advanced examination if time limits are extended or the application goes abandoned (s.28(2)).
For those interested, a copy of the Appellants’ Memo of Fact and Law on the Amazon.com appeal on patentable subject that was filed yesterday is available from my website.
The government filed a Notice of Appeal (PDF) today against Justice Phelan’s decision in Amazon.com regarding the patentability of business methods.
The Court released its decision on the patentability of ‘business methods’.
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Proposed changes to the Patent Rules, published in the October 2nd edition of the Canada Gazette would allow ‘green tech’ patent applications to be given accelerated examination at the request of the applicant. Changes would also require ‘Special Order’ applications to be put back into the regular stream if the applications go abandoned or an extension of time is requested.
Justice André F.J. Scott and Donald J. Rennie were appointed today to the Federal Court replacing Justice Mainville and Justice Dawson. Justice Scott was the chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Justice Rennie was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa.
Amendments to the Patent Rules announced last year go into force on October 1, 2010. These rules primarily relate to completion requirements and removing the necessity for declarations of entitlement but also include some minor changes for clarity.