Here’s hoping that 2021 is more normal! Thanks for another year with IPPractice. 450,000 emails sent to over 1800 subscribers with reports on over 150 IP-related decisions and 300 new proceedings.
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Implementation of the new Patented Medicines Prices Review Board regulations that were due to come into force on January 1, 2021 have been delayed by six-month. The coming-into-force was previously delayed from July 1st and the regulations have been subject to several legal challenges.
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Canada’s “Innovation Asset Collective” was launched today with $30m in support through the government’s Patent Collective Pilot Program. According to Minister Bains’ announcement, “The Collective will bring businesses together to help them make the most strategic use of their intellectual property.” Continue reading Patent Collective
Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, was introduced today directed to a new privacy regime, including the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act, and replacing parts of PIPEDA. Key features include a tribunal that can impose significant fines, order-making power by the Privacy Commissioner, disclosure of “automated decision systems”, data mobility and de-identification uses.
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CIPO has published practice guidance on patentable subject matter following the recent decision in Choueifaty as well as some examples for computer-implemented, medical diagnostic and medical use inventions. CIPO indicated that updates to MOPOP are coming later and will be subject to consultation.
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The Copyright Board has launched a new website (https://cb-cda.gc.ca/) and alerts should now be working for Copyright Board activity if this is enabled in your personal IPPractice email preferences. Continue reading Copyright Board
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.
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The Federal Court has indicated that the Suspension Period for Ontario, Quebec and the territories will end on June 29. The Suspension Period for the rest of Canada already ended on June 15. Continue reading Federal Court
I’m quoted by the Canadian Press in an article today about “COVID” trademarks filed in the last several weeks.
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In 2019, approximately 22,000 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office. Halliburton Energy Services was again the top recipient of patents with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The other top applicants were General Electric Company, Nissan Motor, The Boeing Company and Siemens. Continue reading Top Patentees 2019