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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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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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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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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