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Public Interest, Private Data: AI and Trade Secrets in Canada

By Chris Chiavatti and Liz Gray Trade secrets are an often-neglected form of IP, but are growing in importance as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a dominant force for innovation. The data used to train AI models are often protected as trade secrets–but that protection is increasingly under scrutiny. In a new article in the Canadian …

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

By Liz Gray 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” to the invention for …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 6: Facebook, Patents, and Data Collection

By Joshua Proud and Art Brion The use of social media continues to grow at a rapid rate.  There are currently more than three and a half (3.5) billion social media users worldwide and this represents nearly half of the entire global population!  While beginning as entertainment, social media now plays a central role in …

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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 Series will provide an overview of the …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Series Part 4: Nanotechnology

By Tina Dekker, Art Brion, and Dennis Haszko Welcome to Part 4 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight! In this series, we have been highlighting new and interesting patents from various fields as inspiration to businesses and innovators. A patent’s value to a business is not always evident and is often misunderstood. By sharing recent patent …

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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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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 1: Artificial Intelligence

By Tina Dekker, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko Welcome to Part 1 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight! In this series, we will highlight new and interesting patents from various fields as inspiration to businesses and innovators. A patent’s value to a business is not always evident and can be often misunderstood. By sharing recent patent stories …

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