Happy New Year! Thanks for another year with IPPractice. 428,000 emails sent to over 1700 subscribers with reports on 200 IP-related decisions and 450 new proceedings. Continue reading New Year
There are still problems with the Federal Court website, particularly for identifying new proceedings that started since December 13th. Problems also cause some blank updates on watched files. Continue reading Federal Court
As you may have noticed, there was no IPPractice email last week. The outage was due to a computer failure but the site has been rebuilt. Today’s email includes all the updates from last week and Monday’s email should be back to normal. Continue reading Outage
I have added Proposed Tariffs published by the Copyright Board to the alerts that are available in the daily IPPractice email. These alerts, in addition to the existing alerts for Copyright Board decisions and procedural rulings are not enabled by default but can be added through your email preferences. Continue reading Copyright Board
As published in the Canada Gazette last week, amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) relating to IP licenses when the IP licensor becomes insolvent, will come into force November 1, 2019. These amendments were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 (Bill C-86). I discussed these amendments in my recent article for Slaw, Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Scenarios.
Earlier today, the government announced details on three aspects of its IP Strategy (see April 2018 post). This included the Patent Collective pilot program (“$30 million to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the data-driven clean technology sector with their IP needs”), ExploreIP (tool to “help Canadian entrepreneurs and businesses access valuable publicly owned IP”), and IP Legal Clinics grants (UOttawa, the UWindsor, YorkU and the UdeM will “receive grants to develop or expand their IP legal clinic resources”). Continue reading IP Strategy
The new Patent Rules, coming into force on October 30, 2019, have been published in the Canada Gazette Part II. The modernization of the Patent Act and Rules allows Canada to ratify the Patent Law Treaty. Key changes relate to filing requirements, priority claims, agent representation and register, examination and amendments, corrections, abandonments/reinstatements, transfers, due care/third party rights, and divisionals. Continue reading Patent Amendments
The amendments to the Patent Act and Patent Rules will come into force October 30, 2019. Orders in Council will be published in July with the amended Patent Rules and authorization to ratify the Patent Law Treaty.
Janet Fuhrer of Ridout & Maybee was appointed a judge of the Federal Court. Judicial appointments were also made today in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.