The Federal Courts Rules Committee has issued a discussion paper regarding possible changes to the Federal Courts Rules to allow for better use of technology in the Court. Comments are requested by
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In today’s Canada Gazette, amendments to the Patented Medicine (Notice of Compliance) Regulations were published relating to ‘Extraordinary Use New Drugs’ (EUNDs). Changes were also made to the regulations under the Food and Drugs Act.
Amendments to the Patent Rules relating to advanced examination of ‘green technologies’ (s.28(1)(b)) were published in the Canada Gazette and are now in force. The amendments also provide for all applications to leave advanced examination if time limits are extended or the application goes abandoned (s.28(2)).
Proposed changes to the Patent Rules, published in the October 2nd edition of the Canada Gazette would allow ‘green tech’ patent applications to be given accelerated examination at the request of the applicant. Changes would also require ‘Special Order’ applications to be put back into the regular stream if the applications go abandoned or an extension of time is requested.
Amendments to the Patent Rules announced last year go into force on October 1, 2010. These rules primarily relate to completion requirements and removing the necessity for declarations of entitlement but also include some minor changes for clarity.