Significant Differences Between Canadian and American Patent Law by Keith Bird, Orin Del Vecchio, and Donald H. MacOdrum


Most patent lawyers, familiar with the American patent prosecution system and substantive patent law, assume that, as its largest trading partner and closest neighbour, Canada has essentially the same patent laws as those of the U.S. In fact, Canada's system diverges quite significantly from the American system. In this article, a few of the significant differences will be briefly canvassed. A much more complete overview of contrasts in the two systems has been prepared and is available from any of the co-authors.

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