CIPO has announced it is continuing and expanding its procedure to refer final rejections of patent applications to a single member of the PAB in certain circumstances if the rejection only relates to patentable subject matter (with some exceptions), s27(4) and the Patent Rules. CIPO is working to “increase efficiencies and reduce turnaround times” at the PAB. The 2019-2020 Annual Report identified 71 appeals to the PAB and 41 decisions issued.
The Patent Appeal Board has migrated the reporting of its decision to the Lexum/CanLII platform. I’ve finally updated my notifications for this platform so starting in today’s IPPractice email, and for the next several days I’ll be catching up on decisions issued since May of this year.