In the News: Steelhead LNG Alleges Infringement

By Liz Gray and Chris Chiavatti A long-running dispute between several producers of liquified natural gas (LNG) is heading to Federal Court.  A statement of claim filed by Steelhead LNG alleges that several other LNG companies have infringed Steelhead’s patents and misused confidential information.  Steelhead LNG is seeking more than $250 million in damages and …

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Natalie Raffoul featured in IAM 300 Global Leaders Guide

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Natalie Raffoul, managing partner at Brion Raffoul, has been selected as one of this year’s IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders. The inaugural digital edition of the guide identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios. The guide draws from the worlds …

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Canadian-European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program Now Permanent

By Chris Chiavatti, Liz Gray, and Natalie Raffoul On January 6, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that the PPH pilot program between the CIPO and the European Patent Office (EPO) will now be permanent.  The CIPO-EPO PPH allows patent applicants to request accelerated examination in one patent office based on a corresponding …

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Art Brion Appointed to Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board

Brion Raffoul LLP is pleased to announce that one of our founding partners, Art Brion, has been named to the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board (ORFAB)! The ORFAB assesses grant proposals on behalf of the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards program. Art is honoured to bring his expertise to more Ontario innovators …

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Brion Raffoul LLP Welcomes Sheryl Macdonell to Our Team!

Brion Raffoul is delighted to welcome Sheryl Macdonell to our team! Sheryl joins Brion Raffoul as the Operations and Business Development Manager. She has over 10 years of experience in Intellectual Property working in both global event management and strategic marketing roles.   Sheryl graduated from Carleton University in 1997 with a bachelor degree in Sociology. Sheryl also obtained her …

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Brion Raffoul LLP Welcomes Canada’s first Patent Collective!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, marked the official launch date of Canada’s first patent collective, implemented through the Innovation Asset Collective (IAC)! The IAC will primarily focus on improving the IP strategy and patent portfolios of its member companies, with a view to improving the freedom to operate of the companies in this increasingly competitive global …

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Powering Up: Japan and South Korea Energize Battery Innovation

By Chris Chiavatti, Liz Gray, and Dennis Hazsko The ongoing shift towards cleaner energy sources, and electric cars in particular, is driving the quest for better storage of electricity. Innovators around the world are seeking to make batteries that are more powerful, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than ever before. A new report in IAM delves …

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Happy Halloween!

Brion Raffoul LLP celebrated Halloween today with a set of Spooktacular costumes!

Public Interest, Private Data: AI and Trade Secrets in Canada

By Chris Chiavatti and Liz Gray Trade secrets are an often-neglected form of IP, but are growing in importance as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a dominant force for innovation. The data used to train AI models are often protected as trade secrets–but that protection is increasingly under scrutiny. In a new article in the Canadian …

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Choueifaty v Canada: The End of the Problem-Solution Approach for Software Patents?

On August 21, 2020, the Canadian Federal Court rejected the problem-solution approach adopted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for assessing patentable subject matter under the Patent Act.  The problem-solution approach has long been the standard used by CIPO to determine whether a claim element is “essential” to the invention for the purposes of …

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