The Competition Bureau and Health Canada’s Health Product and Food Branch (HPFB) announced a collaboration focused on affordable medicines. The announcement focused on generic companies obtaining samples of the branded drug required to develop and support the regulatory authorization of their generic medicine.
Ontario has created “Intellectual Property Ontario”, a new agency directed to among other things “increase public access to services and resources in respect of intellectual property in order to advance economic growth and competitiveness in Ontario” by supporting development and protection of IP, partnering with educational institutions and providing recommendations to the government. Continue reading Intellectual Property Ontario
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.
Thank you for another year with IPPractice. In 2021, I’ve sent out 461,000 emails to over 2100 subscribers. I have included reports on 200 IP-related decisions and over 350 new IP-proceedings. Happy New Year! Continue reading Happy New Year
Amendments to the Federal Courts Rules coming into force in January, have been registered. The amendments include expansion to Rule 3 to focus on ‘outcome’ and proportionality rather than ‘determination’, explicit powers to limit examinations (rule 87.1) and a rule specifically for motions in writing at the Federal Court of Appeal (rule 369.2), among other things.
For my recent article for Slaw, I tracked all the patent infringement proceedings started over the three year period 2017 to 2019. Of the 140 cases, nine have gone to trial, the fastest in 29 months. Over half of cases are resolved in less than two years, typically by discontinuance/settlement.
In 2020, approximately 21,300 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office, down slightly from 2019. Halliburton Energy Services was again the top recipient of patents. The other top applicants were The Boeing Company, General Electric Company, BASF and Becton, Dickinson and Company. Continue reading Top Patentees 2020
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
Proposed amendments to the Patent Rules are published for consultation in the Canada Gazette to address patent term adjustment and other changes to streamline prosecution. The proposed amendments include excess claim fees, limits on office actions and requests for continued examination, updating rules on sequence listings and some miscellaneous amendments.