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Canada’s New Draft Trademark and Industrial Design Regulations

by Smart & Biggar on

As previously reported, Canada’s trademark law will be significantly overhauled. The most recent forecast from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) suggests that the new law will come into force by early 2019....more

Avoiding trademark and domain name scams

by Dentons on

As a brand owner, you understand the importance and value of your proprietary brands, whether they be words, logos, tag lines, unique packaging or distinctive uses of colour. You may have also taken steps to apply for Federal...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

by Smart & Biggar on

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

RX IP Update - January 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Apotex’s Infringement of AstraZeneca’s Omeprazole Formulation Patent Upheld - As previously reported, the Federal Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision released on January 12, 2017 (2017 FCA 9), has affirmed the...more

How Long Does it Take to Get a Patent?

by Field Law on

Patent advisors are often asked this question. In Canada, CIPO has published the first-ever IP Canada Report, which contains an interesting trove of IP statistics. Among the infographics and pie-charts is a series of bar...more

Trade-Marks in Canada: Processing of Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

The Office of the Registrar of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) processes applications for trade-mark registration based on the steps below. All the time-frames are approximate. 1. Formalities...more

Software Vendors: Do Your Employees Own Your Software?

by Field Law on

When an employee claims to own his employer’s software, the analysis will turn to whether that employee was an “author” for the purposes of the Copyright Act, and what the employee “contributed” to the software. This, in...more

Legal Trends: Intellectual Property

The previous federal government committed Canada to sweeping changes to the legislation and regulations governing virtually every category of intellectual property in the country. Some of these changes have largely already...more

Canadian Trademark Changes Delayed Once Again – Five Things to Do While You Wait

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Canada is a critical U.S. trading partner. Products and services move fluidly across the border, which makes protecting trademarks in Canada exceptionally important for U.S.-based companies. However, Canada’s anachronistic...more

A Trend for Retailers to Avoid – Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Over Clothing

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Textile Copyright Infringement Claims on the Rise - Katy Perry received a lot of attention for the dress she wore to the Met Ball this year, and not all of it was welcome. A Brooklyn artist thought that the dress was an...more

CIPO - EPO PPH

by Field Law on

Who can resist an announcement laced with nerdy acronyms? Last week, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced the launch of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement with the European Patent Office...more

New PPH Pilot Agreement between CIPO and EPO

A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (the EPO) came into effect on January 6, 2015. The pilot will last for a period of...more

Searching High and Low: The Licensing of Orphan Works

by Reed Smith on

Subject to a limited number of statutory exceptions, copyright works may be used only with the consent of those who hold the rights in them. Yet in some instances, rights holders cannot be identified or traced, leaving these...more

Doing Business in Canada

This Guide provides non-Canadians with an introduction to the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada and, in particular, in the province of Ontario. In some cases, this Guide also identifies issues...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - May 2014 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

UK: London's IP anti-crime unit shuts down leading sports file sharing site - The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has successfully shut down the Sports Torrent Network, a leading sports...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

Beware of Bogus Trade-mark Invoices

by Field Law on

A Czech outfit calling itself the WDTP (Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents) regularly sends invoices to Canadian trade-mark owners, claiming to be owed a few thousand dollars as a “filing fee”. The WDTP is just one...more

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