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2018 Wrap Up

We are now a couple of weeks into 2019 but I thought a brief summary of 2018 may be of interest:

  • 175 IP decisions reported (201 in 2017)
  • 363 new IP Federal Court proceedings started (376 in 2017)
    • 83 patent infringement cases (50 in 2017)
  • 23,499 patents granted (24,099 in 2017)
  • 25,222 trademarks registered (29,766 in 2017)
  • 9 IP related SCC proceedings started (11 in 2017)
  • 6 IP trials in Federal Court (10 in 2017)
    • around 120 trial days (~150 in 2017)
  • Over 400,000 emails sent to IPPractice subscribers

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Budget Changes

Introduced yesterday, budget bill C-86 includes changes to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency. Some highlights include a college to regulate agents, reform of the Copyright Board, allows patent file histories to be admissible to rebut claim constructions, add bad faith as a ground of opposition for trademarks, and adds requirements for notices under the notice-and-notice copyright regime.

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Justice Marianne Rivoalen was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal today. She replaces Justice J.M. Woods, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 1, 2018. Prior to today’s appointment she was Associate Chief Justice of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba (Family Division). Appointments were also made today to in the province of Saskatchewan. Continue reading Appointments