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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Fun Fact Friday: How Busy are Patent Examiners?

By José Seba and Chris Chiavatti Patent practitioners certainly know how busy an IP practice can be.  A day can quickly fill up (and then some) with routine prosecution matters.  However, have you ever thought about the workload of a patent Examiner? The number of patent Examiners varies …

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Throwback Thursday: For the Love of Patents

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and love is in the air!  To celebrate, Brion Raffoul is sharing three patents (and one very special patent application) that will make your heart a-flutter and bring forth images of romance, love, and Valentine’s Day.  (Or, at the very least, these should leave …

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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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In the News: Steelhead LNG Alleges Infringement

By Liz Gray and Chris Chiavatti A long-running dispute between several producers of liquified natural gas (LNG) is heading to Federal Court.  A statement of claim filed by Steelhead LNG alleges that several other LNG companies have infringed Steelhead’s patents and misused confidential information.  Steelhead LNG is seeking …

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Brion Raffoul LLP Welcomes Canada’s first Patent Collective!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, marked the official launch date of Canada’s first patent collective, implemented through the Innovation Asset Collective (IAC)! The IAC will primarily focus on improving the IP strategy and patent portfolios of its member companies, with a view to improving the freedom to operate of …

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Powering Up: Japan and South Korea Energize Battery Innovation

By Chris Chiavatti, Liz Gray, and Dennis Hazsko The ongoing shift towards cleaner energy sources, and electric cars in particular, is driving the quest for better storage of electricity. Innovators around the world are seeking to make batteries that are more powerful, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than ever …

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