Nike Sues Lululemon: Who Should Be Sweating?

Nike is suing Vancouver-based Lululemon for allegedly wilfully infringing six patents owned by Nike.  The patents at issue relate to fitness technology used by Mirror, a home-gym company acquired by Lululemon in 2020.  Among examples of the allegedly infringing technology given by Nike is an adaptive watch that monitors the heart rate of a …

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Patents for a Food Coma and Canadian Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is six weeks ahead of its more famous counterpart in the United States.  This gives Canadians a six-week headstart ahead of festivities south of the US-Canadian border — but we still celebrate with pumpkin pie, (Canadian) football, and of course, plenty of turkey.   In celebration, Brion …

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Robot Rumpus: Calgary’s Attabotics Sues Boston’s Urbx for Patent Infringement

Attabotics, a Calgary-based robotics company, is suing Urbx, a Boston-based competitor, for alleged patent infringement.  Both Attabotics and Urbx produce automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) for retailers.  Attabotics has a large patent portfolio, with seven (7) issued US patents and dozens of pending applications throughout the world.  …

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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH): Fast Lane to Canadian Patents

By Julia London & Chris Chiavatti Applicants who wish to patent an invention in Canada should consider the Patent Prosecution Highway (“PPH”) to accelerate patent prosecution at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”).  The PPH[1] is an excellent tool to save time and cut costs. The CIPO currently …

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Five Fascinating Canadian Inventions (and a Few More!)

Canada Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate it in the patent world than looking back at some of the most memorable Canadian inventions and innovations:  Insulin:  Insulin, featured on Canada’s $100 bill, is one of Canada’s best-known discoveries. Insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick G. Banting, with the help of his assistant Charles Best and biochemist James Collip (who is often …

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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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