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 …

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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 …

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Choueifaty v Canada: The End of the Problem-Solution Approach for Software Patents?

On August 21, 2020, the Canadian Federal Court rejected the problem-solution approach adopted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for assessing patentable subject matter under the Patent Act.  The problem-solution approach has long been the standard used by CIPO to determine whether a claim element is “essential” …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 5: FinTech in Canada

By Alexandra Johnson Dingee, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko and Liz Gray E-transferring some money may not feel like taking part in a technology revolution, but advancements in financial technology (FinTech) are reshaping the way Canadians use financial services and products. Today, Part 5 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight …

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Natalie Raffoul Named in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Natalie Raffoul, managing partner at Brion Raffoul, is profiled in the 2020 edition of the IAM Strategy 300. This global listing identifies “individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of intellectual property (IP) portfolios.”  Ms. Raffoul’s experience advising …

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