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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Brion Raffoul LLP Welcomes Canada’s first Patent Collective!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, marked the official launch date of Canada’s first patent collective, implemented through the Innovation Asset Collective (IAC)! The IAC will primarily focus on improving the IP strategy and patent portfolios of its member companies, with a view to improving the freedom to operate of …

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Happy Halloween!

Brion Raffoul LLP celebrated Halloween today with a set of Spooktacular costumes!

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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