Choueifaty v Canada: The End of the Problem-Solution Approach for Software Patents?

By Liz Gray On August 21, 2020, the Canadian Federal Court rejected the problem-solution approach adopted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for assessing patentable subject matter under the Patent Act.  The problem-solution approach has long been the standard used by CIPO to determine whether a claim element is “essential” to the invention for …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 6: Facebook, Patents, and Data Collection

By Joshua Proud and Art Brion The use of social media continues to grow at a rapid rate.  There are currently more than three and a half (3.5) billion social media users worldwide and this represents nearly half of the entire global population!  While beginning as entertainment, social media now plays a central role in …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 5: FinTech in Canada

By Alexandra Johnson Dingee, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko and Liz Gray E-transferring some money may not feel like taking part in a technology revolution, but advancements in financial technology (FinTech) are reshaping the way Canadians use financial services and products. Today, Part 5 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Series will provide an overview of the …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Series Part 4: Nanotechnology

By Tina Dekker, Art Brion, and Dennis Haszko Welcome to Part 4 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight! In this series, we have been highlighting new and interesting patents from various fields as inspiration to businesses and innovators. A patent’s value to a business is not always evident and is often misunderstood. By sharing recent patent …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 2: Amazon – A Company Built Around Patents

By Joshua Proud, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko, Natalie Raffoul Amazon is a global leader in e-commerce and cloud computing services.  Since its creation in 1994, the company has been steadily growing, with a current market capitalization of over one (1) trillion US dollars.  Amazon has been built around a strong Intellectual property (IP) portfolio.  Famously …

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Natalie Raffoul spoke on IP and AI at Elevate Toronto Tech Festival

Natalie Raffoul joined a long list of exceptional speakers, including Michelle Obama and Chris Hadfield, at the Elevate Toronto Tech Festival today. The Elevate Tech Fest showcases the best of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Natalie shared the stage with Carole Piovesan of INQ Data Law for the panel “Why Your AI Company Will Fail Without …

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Check out Natalie Raffoul’s Podcast on The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout

The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout Podcast launched their newest episode entitled “Natalie Raffoul – Patent and Trademark Queen”. If you have any questions regarding IP strategy, check out this podcast! Natalie goes through some of the misconceptions surrounding patenting, especially in the high tech and software space. She also goes through how start-ups …

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2019 NBA Champions Toronto Raptors: Trademark Fight Ahead with Monster Energy

By: Edward Wu Despite the Toronto Raptors’ historic win last night, they may have some trouble ahead with their, now iconic, logo. Monster Energy is suing the Toronto Raptors over the clawed basketball logo. Documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) show that the two companies have been …

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