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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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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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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