Happy Birthday to Natalie Raffoul, the “Patent and Trademark Queen”!

What better way to celebrate Natalie’s birthday than by listening to her podcast discussion with JP McAvoy on The Millionaire’s Lawyer: From Startup to Payout.  In September 2019, Natalie sat down with JP to discuss: Different types of trademarks and patents Patent strategies for China The importance of documenting all ideas and innovations The importance of …

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Throwback Thursday: Software Patents and Choueifaty v. Canada

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Look for Brion Raffoul’s Throwback Thursday posts, where we revisit posts and cases of interest! Last September, we reported on the Canadian Federal Court case Choueifaty v Canada (2020 FC 837). In that case, the Court rejected the “problem-solution approach” used by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to assess questions of patentable subject matter. …

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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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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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