In 2016, approximately 26,400 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office, up significantly from the approximately 21,900 granted in 2015. BlackBerry was again the top recipient of patents, with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The remaining applicants in the top-five were The Boeing Company, Halliburton Energy Services, Qualcomm and Schlumberger Canada. Continue reading Top Patentees 2016
The number of patent applications published in 2016 or that entered national phase in Canada in 2016 were up slightly over 2015 at about 34,400 application. Smart & Biggar, Gowlings and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada top the list of firms by volume of applications. Continue reading Patent Volume in 2016
CIPO has opened consultations on proposed fees for various steps under upcoming amended Patent and Trademark rules. These steps include fees per Nice Classifications and renewal fees for trademarks and correction, after-allowance amendments and late fees for patents. The consultation is open until July 5, 2016.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has announced consultations on the regulatory framework for patent and trademark agents.
About 53,000 trademark applications were filed in Canada in 2015. Of these, about 22% were filed in-house or without an agent (about the same as in the last couple of years). Gowlings, Bereskin & Parr and Smart & Biggar were the firms that filed the most trademark applications. Check out my list of the 50 firms/agents that filed the most applications in 2015.
BlackBerry tops the list once again for receiving the most Canadian patents in the past year, obtaining almost twice as many patents as the second place applicant. The others in the top five for 2015 were Qualcomm, Halliburton Energy Services, General Electric and Schlumberger. Approximately 21,000 Canadian patents were granted last year to approximately 9000 applicants. Continue reading Top Patentees
Several items regarding the Canadian Intellectual Property Office:
- CIPO announced it will begin accepting trademark applications using the Nice Classification this fall. This follows proposed regulations last year.
- A practice notice entitled “Examination Practice Respecting Medical Diagnostic Methods” was published today, building on earlier practice notices relating to purposive construction.
- Revised MOPOP chapters were published on filing and completion (Chapter 5), ownership, registration and joint inventors (Chapter 6), examination (Chapter 13), withdrawal, abandonment, reinstatement, lapse and time limits (Chapter 20), and maintenance fees (Chapter 24).
- The 2015 Trademark Agent examination dates were announced.
- As noted last week, Johanne Bélisle has been appointed as CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
Sylvain Laporte, Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade-marks has been appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency, effective March 9, 2015.
- Eli Lilly’s memorandum in the NAFTA arbitration on the ‘promise’ doctrine has been posted.
- Justice Marc Noël was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal replacing the Honourable Pierre Blais, who retired earlier this year.
- CIPO has announced a consultation on Modernization the IP Community, a report on the regulatory framework for trademark and patent agents prepared with IPIC, AIPPI and FICPI, of which I had a small part on one of the working groups.
- I am attending the AIPLA Annual Meeting this week. Let me know if you are planning on being there as well.