For a Worldwide Reach: Protecting Your Brand Internationally

The “Madrid Protocol” lets trademark owners seek international protection for their marks quickly and efficiently.  Instead of filing separate applications in multiple countries, an applicant can file their mark in 124 countries through a single application at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  Canada joined the system in …

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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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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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