Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 3: GUIs and Design Patents

By Alexandra Johnson Dingee, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko In Part 3 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Series, this week’s topic is graphical user interfaces or GUIs (pronounced gooeys). In 2020, there are approximately 3.5 Billion smart-phone users worldwide. With the proliferation of the smartphone, GUIs are more important than ever. Since its invention in the …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 2: Amazon – A Company Built Around Patents

By Joshua Proud, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko, Natalie Raffoul Amazon is a global leader in e-commerce and cloud computing services.  Since its creation in 1994, the company has been steadily growing, with a current market capitalization of over one (1) trillion US dollars.  Amazon has been built around a strong Intellectual property (IP) portfolio.  Famously …

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COVID-19 Crisis: Canadian Government amends Patent Act to produce patented medical supplies

By Liz Gray and Natalie Raffoul Last week, the Government of Canada passed an omnibus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis that adds special powers to the Patent Act to ensure medical supplies, medication or vaccines can be produced locally. Under the new Section 19.4(1), upon application of the Minister of Health, the Commissioner …

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Take Your Career in IP Commercialization to the Next Level by becoming a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP)

The Toronto Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) (USA and Canada) is providing a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) exam preparation course on March 25, 2020 from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Natalie Raffoul will join Michele Riley, Managing Director of Stout Risius Ross LLC and Paul Stewart, Managing Director of PASCO Ventures LLC, in …

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IP in the Tiffany’s Acquisition—It’s the Box That Counts

Big news in the world of luxury goods:  earlier this week, French multinational LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA) acquired renowned jeweler Tiffany’s for $16.2bn. According to Reuters, one of the biggest draws for the luxury conglomerate was the breadth and value of Tiffany’s IP.  The famous Tiffany packaging, boxes of trademarked “Tiffany Blue” tied …

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Canada is Modernizing its Patent Act and Rules to Streamline Procedures for Applicants

By: Edward Wu Following the Government’s recent decision to ratify the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), the Orders in Council (OIC) published that the amendments to the Patent Act and Patent Rules under the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act and Economic Action Plan 2015 Act will come into force on October 30, 2019. Furthermore, the new …

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