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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.

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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.

2018 Wrap Up

We are now a couple of weeks into 2019 but I thought a brief summary of 2018 may be of interest:

  • 175 IP decisions reported (201 in 2017)
  • 363 new IP Federal Court proceedings started (376 in 2017)
    • 83 patent infringement cases (50 in 2017)
  • 23,499 patents granted (24,099 in 2017)
  • 25,222 trademarks registered (29,766 in 2017)
  • 9 IP related SCC proceedings started (11 in 2017)
  • 6 IP trials in Federal Court (10 in 2017)
    • around 120 trial days (~150 in 2017)
  • Over 400,000 emails sent to IPPractice subscribers

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Top Patentees 2018

In 2018, approximately 23,500 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office. Halliburton Energy Services was the top recipient of patents with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The other top applicants were General Electric Company, The Boeing Company, and BlackBerry Limited. …Read More


Due to a network problem last week, IPPractice was not operational for several days. Today’s email includes the missing updates but let me know if you think I have missed anything.

Budget Bill

Bill C-86, the budget bill that implements changes to the Patent Act, the Trade-marks Act and the Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency received royal assent yesterday. Bill C-86 received minor amendments as it went through parliament.

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Associate Chief Justice

The Honourable Jocelyne Gagné, a judge of the Federal Court, was appointed as Associate Chief Justice of the Federal Court (link).

Canadian Intellectual Property