The INTA Annual Meeting has become the largest intellectual property congress every year. Managing partner, Natalie Raffoul, and Senior Patent Counsel, Dennis Haszko, look forward to meeting with numerous IP colleagues from around the globe and on exchanging updates on IP practice globally. The Meeting is being held in Boston from May 18 to 22, 2019.
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Natalie Raffoul as a Campaign Cabinet Member helped the 2nd Annual Charity Skiathon double its net proceeds for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO).
The firm was also a proud Sponsor of the day and recruited other business leaders to join its ski team for a gorgeous day at Camp Fortune.
Over $150,000 was raised in one day(!) for the BGCO, an organization supporting Ottawa’s children and youth since 1923, by specializing in after school and weekend programs for kids aged 6 to 18.
To see some great local coverage of the event, please follow these links:
Under the new Rules, an Applicant can obtain a filing date by submitting: an indication that a Canadian patent is sought; the Applicant’s information; and a document describing the invention in any language. A translation of the invention description document into English or French and the filing fee may now follow at a later date.
Furthermore, Applicants may now obtain a filing date on a holiday or on the weekend as electronic communications will be deemed received on the day they are submitted, even if the Patent Office is closed.
If the priority claim requirements are not complied with, the priority claim will merely be disregarded rather than being deemed abandoned.
Certified copies of each priority document must be submitted or made available through an acceptable digital library. This requirement will not apply when the priority document is an earlier Canadian application or a national phase application that already satisfied its PCT priority document requirement.
Restoration of Priority Claim
The Office will now provide a two-month extension beyond the twelve-month period for claiming priority. Applicants may now file an application up to fourteen months from the earlier filed application and restore priority.
Streamlined Process for Amending an Application After Allowance
Applicants are no longer required to withhold paying the final fee to let an application go abandoned to re-enter examination. The new Rules allow for requesting a Notice of Allowance to be withdrawn, after which the Application re-enters Examination and the Application may be amended.
Notice Required from Patent Office Prior to Abandonment
Under the new Rules, an Application will not go abandoned for failure to pay maintenance fees or to request examination without prior notification of a deadline. A notice letter will be sent establishing a deadline of the later of six months from the missed deadline or two months from the notice date.
42 Month Deadline for National Phase Entries is No Longer “As of Right”
The twelve-month deadline extension for entering
While these changes are a step in the right direction for patent practice, Patent Applicants should be aware of the tightened timelines and additional requirements coming into force within the year.
If you have any questions regarding the new Rules, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Brion Raffoul’s Managing Partner, Natalie Raffoul, will be attending the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI) Winter Planning Meeting in Miami from January 25-27, 2019. Ms. Raffoul is Co-Chair of the Education Committee. The Winter Planning Meeting provides an opportunity for the global LES leadership to meet and plan the year ahead for the society and also learn from intellectual property licensing industry experts. The LESI will meet again for its Annual Meeting in May in Yokohama, Japan. https://www.lesi.org/events/2019-winter-planning-meeting
Ms. Raffoul will be attending the 1st Asia Pacific Licensing Executive Society International Young Members Congress Meeting in Hong Kong on November 30th, 2018. Ms. Raffoul will be leading a panel of distinguished international speakers to discuss the challenges around managing international intellectual property disputes. Natalie will bring her perspective on managing IP disputes for her own clients where you have enforcement or defence issues arising on patent assets outside of Canada, particularly in the US or Europe. Ms. Raffoul has been successful in settling numerous international patent and design infringement disputes on behalf of her Canadian and foreign clients.
Ms. Raffoul will be attending the IPBC Global Asia in Shanghai, China from December 2nd to 4th, 2018. Brion Raffoul is a sponsor of the 2018 Asia IP Elite Gala Dinner for celebrating inductees into IAM’s Asia IP Elite. Ms. Raffoul will be announcing the recipient of the Electronics Team of the Year, among a shortlist of companies: Canon, DJI, Hon Hai, Maxell, and Panasonic. Stay tuned for the winning team!