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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Take Your Career in IP Commercialization to the Next Level by becoming a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP)

The Toronto Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) (USA and Canada) is providing a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) exam preparation course on March 25, 2020 from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Natalie Raffoul will join Michele Riley, Managing Director of Stout Risius Ross LLC and Paul Stewart, Managing Director of PASCO Ventures LLC, in …

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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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IP in the Tiffany’s Acquisition—It’s the Box That Counts

Big news in the world of luxury goods:  earlier this week, French multinational LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA) acquired renowned jeweler Tiffany’s for $16.2bn. According to Reuters, one of the biggest draws for the luxury conglomerate was the breadth and value of Tiffany’s IP.  The famous Tiffany packaging, boxes of trademarked “Tiffany Blue” tied …

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