Brion Raffoul and its Partners recognized in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020 Ranking

Since 2014, Brion Raffoul has consistently ranked as one of the leading patent prosecution firms, and has ranked its partners, Art Brion and Natalie Raffoul, as leading patent practitioners in Canada. https://www.iam-media.com/directories/patent1000/rankings/canada “IP boutique Brion Raffoul lives and breathes innovation. Never afraid to push the envelope, it can translate any invention into an issued patent …

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COVID-19 Crisis: Canadian Government amends Patent Act to produce patented medical supplies

By Liz Gray and Natalie Raffoul Last week, the Government of Canada passed an omnibus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis that adds special powers to the Patent Act to ensure medical supplies, medication or vaccines can be produced locally. Under the new Section 19.4(1), upon application of the Minister of Health, the Commissioner …

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Offering for sale could be a public disclosure of your invention: get patent pending before selling!

By: Dennis Haszko Generating income is typically top of mind for any business. For technology companies, this often means that sales and marketing go hand-in-hand with product development. During product development, confidential clauses in agreements shield companies from public disclosure of the invention. However, the United States has an “on-sale” bar which prevents one from …

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File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada – How Far Are the Courts Willing to Go?

By: Stacey Dunn Since the coming-into-force date of new section 53.1 of the Patent Act in December 2018, Canadian practitioners have been waiting to see how broad this “file wrapper estoppel” provision will be interpreted. Recently, the Federal Court released a decision that expands the scope of s. 53.1 to potentially include foreign prosecution file …

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Brion Raffoul Congratulates New Patent Agent Stacey Dunn

The firm would like to congratulate Stacey Dunn for passing the 2019 Canadian Patent Agent Qualification Examinations to become a Registered Canadian Patent Agent. Stacey has a background in molecular genetics and specializes in the life sciences. Stacey is also a lawyer in Ontario and actively supports our legal practice in the area of IP …

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The New Gold Rush: Open Innovation in Canada

“It’s impossible for any organization to have all the best ideas” ~ General Electric, Open Innovation Manifesto Open Innovation as an R&D strategy may seem counter-intuitive; traditional corporate culture dictates the use of secret R&D labs that operate in an information silo. However, open innovation can offer many competitive advantages, such as complimenting your company’s …

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Canada is Modernizing its Patent Act and Rules to Streamline Procedures for Applicants

By: Edward Wu Following the Government’s recent decision to ratify the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), the Orders in Council (OIC) published that the amendments to the Patent Act and Patent Rules under the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act and Economic Action Plan 2015 Act will come into force on October 30, 2019. Furthermore, the new …

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Ms. Dominique Lambert to attend BIO International Convention from June 3-6

Ms. Dominique Lambert will be representing the patent team at the BIO International Convention (BIO) being held in Philadelphia from June 3 to June 6, 2019. https://convention.bio.org/ BIO attracts 16,000+ biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships, bringing together a wide spectrum of life science and application areas …

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