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Daily Intellectual Property News

Daily intellectual property news delivered to your email inbox. Over 1200 IP professionals, including lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, law clerks and lawyers at government agencies use this daily email to keep up to date on intellectual property law developments.

Sign up to receive daily updates on intellectual property in Canada, including new IP decisions, new actions, daily activity on files you are interested in, new Patent Appeal Board decisions, new TMOB decisions, etc. Existing subscribers can manage their subscriptions to receive some or all of these alerts depending on their interest. Highlights are also available on the blog. If you are interested, you can view a sample email or subscribe. Current subscribers can modify their subscription preferences.

Patent Retriever

You can use the patent retriever to receive PDF copies by email of most patent and published patent applications from around the world, including Canadian and from the United States. You can also obtain Canadian Patent Appeal Board decisions, United States re-issue patents and United States design patents.

Federal Court docket browser

Browse the recorded entries for Canada’s Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. While some of this information is available directly from the Courts’ websites, this browser includes links to related proceedings, reported decisions, and links to the intellectual property at issue.

Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal hearings

A list of intellectual property hearings this week in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as all scheduled intellectual property trials, judicial reviews (including PM(NOC) hearings), and appeals to the Federal Court of Appeal.

Patent and Trademark Statistics

Various statistics on patents and trademarks in Canada, including rankings of agents in Canada by volume of applications, and old act patents.

Litigation Statistics

Investigate litigation before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, including lists of all intellectual properties actions in the courts and the status of the actions.

Trademarks Regulations

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)

2017 in Review

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:

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

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Season’s Greetings

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:

  • new Federal Court and Federal Court proceedings;
  • intellectual property decisions;
  • monitoring developments on specific Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada proceedings;
  • newly scheduled hearings and applications in the Federal Court;
  • updates on IP cases at the Supreme Court of Canada including leave applications and decisions;
  • alerts on Copyright Board rulings and decision;
  • newly listed innovative drugs listed by Health Canada;
  • newly listed patents on Health Canada’s Patent Register;
  • CIRA domain name decisions;
  • Patent Appeal Board decisions; and
  • Trademark Opposition Board decisions.

I welcome any feature requests, bug reports, comments and financial contributions. All the best for the holidays and I look forward to connecting with many of you in 2018!


Kathleen Marie Ring has been appointed as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court. She replaces Justice Lafrenière, who was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in June.

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Recorded Entries

Due to changes with the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal websites to restricted automated access, there are still no updates on watched files. Today’s IPPractice daily email contains a list of all new proceedings from last week, as well as today.

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