The Federal Court issued a Notice to the Profession (link) regarding the publication of court decisions. The notice replaces the notice of June 2015 which had said that non-precedential decisions would not be published on the Federal Court website. The new notice, which came into force June 1, says that final decisions, if contested, along with interlocutory decisions considered by the Court to have precedential value, will be published on the website, and additional decisions published to CanLII. If you know of an interesting IP decision, please let me know!
Alexandra Steele, a lawyer at ROBIC LLP practicing intellectual property law, has been appointed as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court, replacing Prothonotary Richard Morneau who has elected to retire May 15. Appointments were also made today to the courts in Alberta and British Columbia. Continue reading Appointments
Two new judges were appointed to the Federal Court today. Justice Elizabeth Walker was the Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee and Justice John Norris was a sole practitioner based in Toronto.
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.
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.
There are no new proceeding reports or updates on watched files due to changes with the Federal Court website. Continue reading Proceedings
The Honourable Sheilah L. Martin was appointed today to the Supreme Court of Canada. In the Federal Court, Justice Paul Favel was appointed to replace Justice Russell who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Appointments were also made to the Saskatchewan and Quebec courts. Continue reading Appointments
Justice Sébastien Grammond has been appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He replaces Justice S.B. Noël, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 1, 2017. Justice Grammond was a professor and former dean at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.
Federal Court updates, namely new proceedings and updates on watched files have not been available since October 30th. The Federal Court database says, “The last database update occurred on 2017-10-30 22:16”.
Three practice notices came to my attention this week:
- Practice Notice from CIPO for Objection Proceedings for Geographic Indicators under new section 11.13 of the Trade-marks Act
- Practice Notice and guidance from the Federal Court on the scheduling of applications
- Customs Notice advising that the Canada Border Services Agency Border Watch Line accepts information on shipments of counterfeit or pirated goods that are dangerous