Countdown for Late National Phase Entry!

On October 30, 2019, Canada implemented new Patent Rules.  Among other changes, the new Rules eliminated Canada’s late entry for national phase as of right.  Under the old Rules, international filings could be entered into national phase for up to 42 months from the earliest priority date, with …

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Throwback Thursday: Software Patents and Choueifaty v. Canada

Supreme Court of Canada Building

Look for Brion Raffoul’s Throwback Thursday posts, where we revisit posts and cases of interest! Last September, we reported on the Canadian Federal Court case Choueifaty v Canada (2020 FC 837). In that case, the Court rejected the “problem-solution approach” used by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) …

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IP in the Tiffany’s Acquisition—It’s the Box That Counts

Big news in the world of luxury goods:  earlier this week, French multinational LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA) acquired renowned jeweler Tiffany’s for $16.2bn. According to Reuters, one of the biggest draws for the luxury conglomerate was the breadth and value of Tiffany’s IP.  The famous Tiffany …

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