Canadian Astronaut Monitor is Out of this World

The Bio-Monitor™ wearable health monitor is now being used by the Canadian Space Agency to monitor astronauts’ vital signs aboard the International Space Station.  Invented and produced by the Montreal-based company Hexoskin, the Bio-Monitor™ wearable health monitor combines multiple medical sensors into a “smart shirt” and records astronauts’ …

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Natalie Raffoul to Co-Chair IPIC McGill Summer Courses

Are you new to IP? Do you want to brush up on your IP knowledge? Please join Brion Raffoul LLP’s Managing Partner, Natalie Raffoul as she once again co-chairs IPIC/McGill Summer 2021 Patents, Trademarks and Copyright courses on Intellectual Property, July 12 – 28, 2021. Joining Natalie as …

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Industrial Design Registration in Canada: “It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts”

By Saranjit Dhindsa and Liz Gray What is an Industrial Design?  If IP rights are a family, industrial design rights (also known as ‘design rights’ or ‘design patent rights’) are the shallowest family member—it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Industrial designs protect a product’s unique appearance, not how the product works or the materials that it’s made of.  Industrial …

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Cornershop: A Latin American Success Story

Cornershop is one of Latin America’s recent e-commerce successes.  Long before COVID-19 led to a boom in online ordering, Cornershop allowed users to order and receive their groceries at home.  But how did this app go from a three-person start-up to a multinational brand in five years? Daniel …

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Join Natalie Raffoul at LESI’s Annual Conference

LESI’s 24-hour virtual annual conference brings together leading IP licensing professionals from across the globe. On May 27 at 1:50pm EDT, Brion Raffoul’s Natalie Raffoul will be moderating the Global Challenges for SMEs in B2B Sales panel. Joining Natalie will be: Sam Vise; Dr. Minya Gravrilovic; Laurence Jacques; …

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USPTO issues US Patent No. 11,000,000

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued US Patent No. 11,000,000.  It took slightly under three (3) years, or 1057 days to be exact, for the most recent one million patents to be granted by the USPTO, with No. 10,000,000 having been issued on June …

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Canadian Changes to Trademark Examination Procedures

Canadian trademark applications currently face waits of up to two (2) years before receiving a first Examiner’s Report.  On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) issued two (2) practice notices in an attempt to address the growing backlog of pending applications.  The first practice notice …

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Natalie Raffoul to speak at LESI Conference

On May 27 at 1:50pm EDT LESI’s Co-Chair, Natalie Raffoul, will be speaking at the 24-hour LESI Virtual Annual Conference. Natalie will be joined by some of the top IP leaders in the world on the Global Challenges for SMEs in B2B Sales panel. Joining Natalie will be; …

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