In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Saturday September 30th, the Federal Court will only hear urgent motions on Monday October 2. The court issued a Notice to the Parties and the Profession noting that, “due to the current wording of the amendments to the Interpretation Act and the definition of holiday in section 2 of the Federal Court Rules, the Federal Court Registry will still be open for filing on Monday, October 2, 2023, via drop-box and E-filing only” and “Litigants are reminded to include Monday, October 2, 2023, in their computation of time.” October 2nd is generally considered a holiday at CIPO.
The Honourable Monica Biringer, a Judge of the Tax Court of Canada, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. Appointments were also made today to Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Superior Court of Quebec, Court of King’s Bench of Alberta.
As posted earlier this month, amendments to the Patent, Trademark and Industrial Design regulations coming into force on January 1, 2024 will adjust most fees by 25%. The amendments were published in today’s Canada Gazette.
Amendments to the Patent Rules, Trademark Regulations, Industrial Design Regulations and Copyright Regulations were registered on June 1st incorporating fee increases of about 25% as well as expanding the definition of ‘small entity’. The amendments appear to be generally inline with the versions published for consultation earlier this year. Most of the amendments come into force on January 1, 2024. Continue reading CIPO Fee Increases
The Federal Court of Appeal has announced a new e-filing platform and consolidated practice direction. Taking effect June 1, 2023, the direction includes the use of electronic documents, electronic service and filing, handling of confidential documents, pronouns/pronunciations, and handling of hearings,. Continue reading Federal Court of Appeal
Dr. Gerald Heckman, a professor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law in Winnipeg, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. John C. Cotter, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, was appointed an Associate Judge of the Federal Court. Judicial appointments were also made today to the Tax Court, Ontario courts, Alberta courts, Quebec courts and the BC courts. Continue reading Appointments
New Associate Judges (Federal Court) Regulations were registered and will published shortly in the Canada Gazette. With the renaming of Prothonotaries to Associate Judges and formalizing the role, these regulations set out the number of Associate Judges in the Federal Court and the role of supernumerary AJs. Continue reading Federal Court
The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents announced updated by-laws that come into force on May 1st that include fee increases (for example, from $1500 to $2700 for Class 1 dual licensees), changes to the four classes, and an Annual Licensee Report. Continue reading CPATA
Earlier this year, four “Old Act” patents were granted, the first time such patents have been granted since 2014. These recently granted patents have priority dates between 1978 and 1981 so have been in prosecution for over 40 years. Continue reading Old Act