The Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal published a book celebrating the 50 years of the Courts. Following a book launch today, the Courts are hosting sessions later this year reflecting on key areas of jurisdiction: immigration, national security, and intellectual property.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th has been incorporated into the Federal Courts Rules definition of “holiday”. The Federal Court issued a notice reminding litigants to take this holiday into account when computing deadlines and that hearings are being rescheduled.
Several appointments were made today, including:
- Justice Siobhan Monaghan of the Tax Court as a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal;
- Prothonotary Mandy Aylen as a Judge of the Federal Court;
- Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Clinic Director at the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic in Toronto, as a Judge of the Federal Court;
- Dr. Vanessa Rochester, Counsel at Norton Rose as a Judge of the Federal Court;
- Trent Horne, Partner at Aird & Berlis as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court; and
- Catherine A. Coughlan, General Counsel at the Department of Justice as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court.
Appointments were also made today to the Tax Court and the courts in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador. Continue reading Appointments
Several IP related amendments have been published in the Canada Gazette:
- College-related for the coming into force of the College on June 28th (see earlier post):
- By-laws of the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (Board),
- By-laws of the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (College),
- Code of Professional Conduct for Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Regulations,
- Order Fixing the Number of Directors Under the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act
- Amendments to the Federal Courts Rules that came into force on June 17th (see earlier post):
- PMPRB-related (see earlier post on delaying Patented Medicines Reporting Requirements that were to come into force on July 1st): Regulations amending the Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations (Additional Factors and Information Reporting Requirements)
Amendments to the Federal Courts Rules have been registered based on proposed amendments published back in 2016. These amendments include (1) increases to the monetary limit for prothonotaries and for simplified actions; (2) provide for excerpts in books of authorities; (3) a timeline for filing of books of authorities in appeals; (4) condensed appeal books; (5) establishing a “Notice of Intention to Respond” and standardize the timeline for filing a defence for defendants who are served in either Canada or the United States; and (6) clarifying the material to be contained in an applicant’s record.
The Federal Court has published revised consolidated intellectual property guidance for case management and trial management. The Court has included a blackline version which indicates that changes include limiting “second round” discovery, use of claim charts, compendia and slide decks at trial and requests to admit.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Courts Rules were published in the Canada Gazette for consultation for 60 days. The amendments are in three parts: enforcement of orders, limited scope representation, and proportionality/abuse of process and FCA motions. Among the changes, Rule 3 would be amended to “These Rules shall be interpreted and applied (a) so as to secure the just, most expeditious and least expensive
determination of every proceeding on its merits outcome of every proceeding; and (b) with consideration being given to the principle of proportionality, including consideration of the proceeding’s complexity, the importance of the issues involved and the amount in dispute.” Continue reading Federal Courts
Lobat Sadrehashemi, Senior Counsel and Clinic Lead at the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic in Vancouver, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court today. Justice Sadrehashemi replaces Justice Boswell, who retired earlier this year. Continue reading Federal Court
Angela Furlanetto, Prothonotary of the Federal Court in Toronto, was appointed today as a Judge of the Federal Court. She replaces Mr. Justice P.B. Annis, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective June 18, 2020. Continue reading Federal Court
The Federal Court issued two Practice Notices today: